Each year, approximately 400 people die by electrocution on construction sites, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). If you or a loved one suffered injury or died in an electric shock or electrocution accident, a Fort Lauderdale electrocution accident and injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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Electrocution refers to death by electricity, whereas electrical shock refers to accidents that do not cause death. There are four types of electrical injuries as determined by NIOSH:
Burns: The current travels through the body and burns tissue. Burns can be one of three types:
Electrical shock: An electrical shock can cause burns, internal injuries, cardiac arrest, or death.
Falls caused by electrical shock: A shock or explosion can lead to a loss of muscle control and cause workers to fall from high surfaces.
Fatal electrocution: A severe electrical injury can cause organ failure and death.
Some of the most common causes of electrocution and electrical shock are:
An electrical injury occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical current. The severity of the injury will depend on:
The symptoms of an electrical injury can range from slight tingling to cardiac arrest. Some of these effects may have a long-term impact on a construction worker’s life. These symptoms may include:
Electricians, construction workers, machinists, and linesman are some of the most at-risk for an electrical injury. However, anyone can suffer an electrical accident. For example, common household appliances or electrical outlets can cause shocks and serious injuries.
Those injured in an electrical accident may be suffering a great deal. Treating the burns and internal injuries caused by the accident may require expensive therapy and surgery. Many electrical accident victims will not be able to go to work for months after their injuries, making it difficult to pay their bills.
Fortunately, workers (or family members) have options to recover compensation for their injuries.
If a worker suffered an electrical injury while on the job, his or her employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover all reasonable medical expenses and a portion of the worker’s wage (after seven days).
If the worker died from his injuries, the family is eligible to recover up to $7,500 in funeral costs and a portion of the deceased’s wages for a period of time.
Because workers’ compensation is not fault-based, the worker can recover these benefits even if he or she was the cause of the injury. However, if the worker was intoxicated, engaged in horseplay, or purposefully injured his or herself, the insurer does not need to cover the injury.
While workers’ compensation will help keep your family afloat while you are out of work, sometimes receiving two-thirds of your weekly wage just is not enough.
Workers’ compensation laws prohibit workers from suing their employer; however, you might have another option.
If your injury resulted from another party’s negligence, you may eligible to file a third-party claim or lawsuit. Third parties might include:
Filing a lawsuit against a third, party allows you to recover damages for pain and suffering, in addition to lost wages and medical expenses. However, it requires you to prove that the other party’s negligent behavior caused your injury.
Many electrical shock accidents result from negligence, such as manufacturing defective products, failing to follow safety protocol, and failing to fix known dangerous conditions.
To prove negligence, you will need to prove the following:
If you have been injured in an electrical accident due to a third party’s negligence, Florida requires that you file a suit within four years of the date of injury. Delay in filing your claim may prevent you from recovering any damages.
Electrical injury victims can recover damages for the following:
A successful electrical injury lawsuit can help victims (or surviving family members) recover their rightful damages while holding negligent parties responsible for their actions. The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, contact 954-524-2820.