Electrical Injury Lawyers
Electrical energy, whether natural or man-made, is an important part of our day-to-day life and can pose extreme dangers to those around it. If you have received serious electrical injuries due to another’s negligence, read onto learn more about electrical injuries and how our attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell can help. An electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical energy source. The electrical energy flows through a portion of the body causing a shock. Many people obtain electric shocks from man-made objects such as electrical appliances, electrical wires, and electrical circuitry. Children, adolescents, and adults are prone to high voltage shock caused by mischievous exploration, exposure at work, and man-made electrical items. Adult electrical injury cases often occur in an occupational setting, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical accidents claim up to six percent of all worker deaths, and three to five percent of emergency burn cases are related to electrical injury.
Common injuries caused by electrical shock
There are many variables that determine what injuries may occur. The first variable is the type of current. There are two types of currents: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). Alternating current is the power that comes from a power plant, while direct current is the power that is produced by batteries, fuel cells, and solar cells. The second variable is the amount of current, which is determined by the voltage of the source and the resistance of the tissues involved. The last variable is the pathway the electricity takes through the body. All of the following injuries require immediate attention and can cause serious harm and even death to an individual:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Cardiac arrest
- Constant pain
- Heart damage
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Severe burns
Our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell have specialized knowledge and experience in handling claims involving electrical injuries. We work closely with leading electrical engineers and medical experts, in the reconstruction of your electrical accident, to help build a solid case against those who should be held responsible.
What can cause an electric shock?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 300 American workers die each year in accidents involving electricity and electrocution. Construction sites pose significant risks of electrical shock to workers from all building trades. Other accidents occur in the home as a result of defective products or in a friend or relatives’ home. In children aged 12 years and younger, electrical cords, extension cords, and household appliances caused more than 63% of injuries in one study, whereas wall outlets were responsible for 15% of injuries. The following are common causes of an electrical shock:
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Downed/overhead power lines
- Electric fences
- Hazardous/faulty wiring
- Lighting fixtures
- Microwave ovens
- Stun guns and tasers
What to do if someone has suffered an electrical shocked?
The best and safest thing to do is call 911.
If a power line is down, the electric company will be notified immediately to turn off the power. If a person has fallen from a height or sustained a severe shock, they may have a serious injury, so it’s important not to move them and instead, wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
If a high voltage line has fallen to the ground, there may be a circle of current spreading out from the tip of the line (especially if the earth is wet or if the voltage line contacts water). It is important to keep your distance and wait for authorities to handle the situation.
If electrical injuries are caused due to another person’s negligence, you have rights that entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.