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Electrocution is named as being one of the construction industry’s “Fatal Four,” according to the United States Department of Labor. This means that construction site electrocution accidents are one of the four leading causes of worker fatalities. Responsible for 7% of fatal accidents, which may seem like a small number, but is significant since it only includes electrocution fatalities that occurred within the construction industry.
When non-fatal electrical injuries or electrocutions take place on construction sites, they can cause irreparable physical damage. If you or someone you love has endured or has fatally suffered an electrical injury in Atlanta, reach out to The Simon Law Firm. We have the required resources needed to obtain the compensation you are owed. Schedule a free case evaluation today by calling (404) 259-7635 or filling out our online contact form.
In short, yes, anyone injured in an electrocution accident may be able to file a lawsuit in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. However, evidence of negligence or wrongdoing will need to be proven in order to hold the potentially liable party responsible for damages.
The injured worker may have the ability to seek compensation for the following losses:
When an electrocution accident fatally injures a worker, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Atlanta. In doing so, the family can seek compensation for their loss and hold the person responsible for the accident accountable for their actions.
There are four categories of electrical injury, identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Electrical burns –tissue is burned as the current courses through the body.
Falls caused by electric shock – electric shock or explosion causes a loss of muscle control, resulting in a worker falling from their platform.
Electrical shock – as little as 50 volts can cause muscle spasms, temporarily suspend breathing, and stop the heart from beating.
Fatal electrocution – an electrical injury so severe that it causes multi-organ failure and death.
The severity of the injuries can vary exponentially, depending on the voltage, current, duration of exposure, and the pathway of the electricity through the body. An Atlanta construction lawyer can help you understand the types of injuries workers could file a claim for.
There are numerous hazards on construction sites that can subject workers to electric shock, including:
In addition to your employer, or instead of, a third party may be liable in an electrical accident. A few potential parties can include a coworker, the contractor, or a defective product manufacturer.
Here at The Simon Law Firm, we have an experienced group of electrical accident lawyers who will ensure the financial burden of your injury will fall on the shoulders of the responsible party. Contact us today and have your case evaluated for free.