Some of the more debilitating and disfiguring injuries in a construction site accident are electrical injuries. If you were injured as an electrician or suffered serious injuries and complications from an electrical accident, contact the San Jose personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian.
Types of Electrical Injuries
Electricians are specially trained tradespeople and take extraordinary care in performing their tasks. Still, thousands of workers suffer injuries from electrical shock in the US each year with approximately 1000 fatalities annually.
Injuries from an electrical accident can produce a number of devastating injuries:
- Damage to internal organs
- Severe burns
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage to internal tissues
- Cardiac arrest
- Injuries and death from explosions or electrical arc flashes
Shock injuries can cause heart arrhythmia, hearing impairment, respiratory failure, seizures, permanent disfigurement, and loss of bodily and cognitive functions.
Any of these injuries can result in thousands of dollars of medical expenses and lost wages.
Causes of Electrical Accidents
Electrical shock occurs when there is contact between metal and electricity or where a worker encounters exposed wires or power lines. Although the amount of current and its type and the path of the current into the body often determines the severity of the injury, even low voltage can be just as dangerous as higher levels.
Electrical injuries in some instances may be the result of poor judgment from a supervisor from another trade or contractor determining that work can still be performed despite considerable risk to other workers unknowingly contacting uninsulated wiring or energized equipment. Those working on scaffolding or a crane may come too close to a power line or highly charged wires without warning or proper oversight from third parties.
In other cases, the failure to post warnings, barriers, tags or signs cautioning workers to not enter certain areas or to wear protective clothing leads to preventable accidents. OSHA has issued a number of standards for equipment and training that must be followed to prevent workers from being exposed to electrical shock.
Additional Compensation May be Available
Those who have been injured on construction sites from electrical shock or explosions are entitled to benefits from workers’ compensation if they were injured while in the course and scope of their employment. These benefits include payment of most medical expenses, therapy and rehabilitation costs, and most of your lost wages. If you suffer permanent disfigurement or a permanent disability, California statutes have guidelines for how much compensation you may collect. Workers’ compensation does not, however, provide you any funds for pain and suffering, no matter how painful or devastating your injury.
If your injury was caused by an employee not associated with you or your employer, then you may be able to bring a third party injury claim against that employee or his or her employer.
Your claim will be based on the negligent conduct of that person or employer and in some cases, a product liability claim if there is evidence that a piece of equipment was defective when it was manufactured and marketed, or was negligently designed and the defect contributed to your injury.
Contact The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian
Construction accidents and electrical shock injuries often involve complex issues of liability, evidence and damages. It takes the resources of an experienced and successful personal injury lawyer like the attorneys from The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian to handle any complicated issue in electrical injury cases. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your electrical injury claim. We are available for any case throughout California.