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Electrocution comes as a risk in just about any environment. You can electrocute yourself in the confines of your own home if you stick a fork into a live toaster—a painful experience that you can blame on yourself, learn from it, and continue with your life.
But when you are electrocuted at work, like on a construction site, more than likely the accident occurred because of another party’s (usually your employer’s) failure to take reasonable steps to protect you from that danger.
In legal terms, this failure is defined as negligence. When you suffer an injury due to another party’s negligence—even your employer’s negligence–you deserve to be compensated, and the laws to help you recover your damage are well established.
A Zanes Law’s electrocution accident lawyer in Phoenix knows how to work with the available restitution tools, from workers’ compensation to personal injury lawsuits against your employer, to get you the compensation you deserve. We will do everything from A to Z to see that you recover your damages. Call today for a free consultation at (866)-499-8989.
Occupations with the Greatest Risk of Electrocution
In a wired world, someone at any given point in time is working on, between, or around wires—many of them live. Some jobs pose more significant risk factors than others when it comes to something going wrong in this capacity. The occupational groups with the most electrical injuries are:
- Construction workers
- Remodeling crews
- Power-line repair and installation technicians
- Telecommunications line installers/repairers
- Tree trimming labor
- Groundskeeping and landscaping professionals
- Commercial motor vehicle drivers
- Facility maintenance workers
- Industrial or commercial machine technicians
- Agricultural laborers, farmers
- Roof installation or repairmen
- HVAC repair or installation people
Whatever your occupation, if you were electrocuted while performing your job, your employer is liable for the injuries and other damages you have sustained. You can pursue recovery of those damages, and Zanes Law will help.
Specific Causes of Electrocution at the Workplace
Workers in the construction are most prone to electrical accidents, including electrocution. Specifically, OSHA says these hazards drive these accidents and are the root cause of electrical-related injuries:
- Discontinuous or missing path to ground
- Extension cords used in a hazardous way
- Equipment used not according to manufacturer guidelines/specs
Regardless of what sparked your electrocution accident, if the incident happened due to another party’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages. Call Zanes Law to hear how we can help.
Common Forms of Employer Negligence That Can Lead to Electrocution
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers adhere to specific federal standards to ensure a safe workplace for their employees.
According to OSHA data, the most common contributing factors for electrical accidents are:
- The employer has not implemented or enforced safe work practices.
- The work environment is hazardous.
- Equipment is unsafe or improperly installed.
- The employer failed to provide the necessary training.
- Safety equipment was not provided or did not work.
- Other equipment lacks proper maintenance.
- Follow OSHA rules and guidelines.
- Maintain a safe and hazard-free environment.
When your employer puts your safety in danger, the organization is liable for any physical injuries or damages you incur from an accident that results from this negligence.
Zanes Law’s electrocution accident lawyers in Phoenix know the ins and outs of this type of law. We will take care of your case from A to Z.
When Electrocution Causes a Death
For starters, deaths by electrocution are not uncommon—they happen by the hundreds every year in the U.S. alone. A single second of current flow at 50-150 milliamperes can be fatal. Every day, one person loses his or her life to workplace electrical accidents.
Thousands of people sustain injuries from electrocution accidents every year, with close to 4,000 of those victims sustaining disabling injuries. Skilled labor workers may sustain injuries that keep them out of the workforce following an electrocution accident.
If a family member was electrocuted and died as a result, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death action against the entity responsible for the electrocution accident. Zanes Law can help you with this pursuit.
Common Injuries for People Who Sustain Electrocution Injuries
Electrocution accident victims can suffer a range of severe bodily injuries, with the electrical current creating burns and organ damage. Furthermore, the jolt from an electrical current can throw an individual, and if he or she falls from a certain height, spine or brain injuries or even death can result.
Some common injuries resulting from electrocution include the following:
- Amputated limbs
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Muscle, tendon damage
- Tissue damage
- Broken bones
How an Electrocution Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Can Help You Recover Damages
An electrocution accident lawyer in Phoenix will help you in many ways with your pursuit of compensation by:
- Filing or appealing your workers’ compensation claim or appeal
- Gathering evidence to prove negligence and liability
- Calculating your damages
- Presenting insurers with a demand letter for damages
- Negotiating with insurers toward a fair settlement
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against your employer or any other negligent party
- Keeping account of the state’s statute of limitations and other laws
- Representing you in court
- Litigating on your behalf
- Negotiating with defense attorneys to settle before a verdict
- Appealing your case
Call Zanes Law for Help with Recovering Damages for Your Electrocution Accident
Zanes Law is happy to give you a free consultation and will do everything from A to Z to see that you get the compensation you deserve. Call our firm now at (866)-499-8989.