Electricity is obviously indispensable in today’s world, but without proper precautions electricity can be extremely dangerous. Electrocution is defined as death caused by electric shock but the term is frequently used to describe non-fatal injuries too. These accidents can have devastating results for the victim and their loved ones. Injuries from electric shock if not deadly, frequently cause chronic pain, organ damage, and can sometimes make it impossible for the victim to earn a living or return to the activities they once enjoyed. The impact to the victim and their family is often immediate and profound.
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We can help victims with electrocution accident injuries
How serious the injury is depends on a variety of factors, including how long the victim is exposed to the electric current, how much current, the voltage, the path the current takes through the victim’s body, including whether the current passes through the victim’s heart or brain, moisture present in the immediate environment and the overall health of the victim. If the victim survives the accident, they may be left with debilitating injuries, such as:
Burns (skin and internal)
Brain damage (TBI)
Organ/tissue damage - including heart
Sensory deficits (vision, hearing, etc.)
Electrocution accidents can occur in the home, on the job site or virtually anywhere someone comes into contact with electricity, including a downed power line. OSHA says about 350 electrocution accidents occur every year. Further, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health lists electrocution as a leading cause of on the job fatalities while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates 9% of the nearly 1,250 construction site deaths were due to electrocution. Unsafe working environments, poor installation of electrical devices and unsafe equipment and work practices are often the cause of such accidents and most if not all are preventable.
How Electrocution Accidents Happen
However, electrocution accidents can occur from a wide range of circumstances, including:
Negligent power or electric company
Negligent property owner
Defective consumer products
Negligent/Unlicensed electrician or contractor
Faulty circuit breakers and defective outlets
Damaged electrical wiring
Improper grounding of electrical equipment
Arc flash and Arc blast
Failure to follow manufacturers’ guidelines/instructions
Improper use of extension cords
If you or someone you know has suffered an electrocution accident due to the negligence of another contact Rubenstein Law. We’ll help safeguard vital documents and evidence that show another person, company or manufacturer was negligent and thus responsible for the accident. We want to help you and we have the experience and means necessary to fully research, investigate and prove your claim to an insurer or jury.
Our priority is to provide our clients who’ve suffered personal injury through another’s negligence with the best legal representation. That starts with your decision to call Rubenstein Law’s personal injury lawyers at 1-800-FL-LEGAL for a free consultation. We are here 24/7, nights and weekends to answer your call.
If you were in a car accident, PIP insurance will pay 60% of your lost wages, up to the $10,000 limit (in Florida) reduced by payments for other expenses such as medical bills (see section C for more information). Make sure to get a letter from your doctor specifying how long you must wait before returning to work, and a letter from employer stating that you have not been working due to your injuries. For the remaining unpaid portion, and for cases where there is no PIP insurance, the amount of your lost wages will be a factor when negotiating with the at fault party.
Our clients are often concerned about how their case will affect their government benefits. For certain benefits such as Medicaid, SSI, Food Stamps, and Public Housing, there are steps that must be taken to make sure your settlement does not disqualify you for aid. There are a variety of ways to protect your benefits, and we will be happy to help you choose the one that is right for you when your case settles. Your settlement will not interfere with Medicare or SSDI benefits.
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