The amount of damage to a human body and mind after electrocution is devastating. The physical pain, injuries and deformities are further complicated by all of the medical bills and rehabilitation that injured individuals will wrestle with. The healing process can be quite extensive. In many cases, electrocuted employees and individuals never recover.
There are many factors that determine how severe the injuries from an electric shock will be. For instance, how quickly medical and emergency help arrives on the scene can determine the severity of the injuries. Additionally, whether water or chemicals were involved in the accident can also impact how severe the electrocution injuries are. In the long term, traumatic brain injuries, emotional distress, burned skin and other injuries are all possible after an electric shock. A serious injury lawyer can help you and your family navigate the steps after an electric shock.
Winston-Salem and Greensboro Electric Shock and Electrocution Attorney
Electrical shock can cause severe injuries resulting in heart attacks, death, severe burns and nerve damage. Most electrocution or shock injuries are preventable. Our state and federal building codes are put in place to prevent such injuries. These strict standards govern how electricity may be distributed safely. Many electrical injuries are caused by:
- Improper wiring in residential or commercial buildings.
- Lack of proper insulation on an electrical line.
- Lightning and other weather-related incidents that cause downed power lines.
- Building a home or business too close to power lines or towers.
- Failure to comply with proper safety regulations.
- Improper wiring in a manufacturing setting.
- Incorrectly wiring a residential household appliance.
If you or a loved one are the victim of electric shock, or you have lost a loved one due to electrocution, call Lewis & Keller North Carolina Electrocution Lawyers.
Hazards at Work
Electrocution can cause life-changing damage to you and those most important in your life. More often than not, electric shock accidents occur due to the negligence of another. As such, the OSHA created specific standards of safety for all places of work to abide by. In an effort to reduce the number of work-related accidents, the OHSA cites detailed standards that must be obeyed.
The 10 most frequently violated OSHA standards in 2011 were in the following areas:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication standard
- Respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
- Electrical, wiring methods
- Powered industrial trucks
- Electrical systems design
- Machine guarding
- Electrocuted At Work?
- Workers’ Compensation Center
What Injured Workers Need to Know
As seen above, several of the violated standards directly relate to a form of electric shock. Electrocution lawyers are essential to navigating the complex legal process. Individuals injured at work may have workers’ compensation rights that our electrocution lawyers will evaluate. In the past we were able to secure a $150,000 award for an electrician injured on the job after being electrocuted and injuring his spine.
North Carolina Electrocution Lawyers
We are available to help you with your electric shock injury claim. After your injury, it is important to contact an attorney promptly before critical information is lost. Keep a record of witnesses, take photographs of your injuries and the place the injury took place. Try to keep the actual damaged wiring if possible. These things will be important in pursuing your case.
At Lewis & Keller, our electrocution lawyers will handle your case from start to finish. Your questions and concerns will be promptly answered. We have an investigator on staff to help prepare your case. Should your case go to trial, we often use jury focus groups to make sure that you receive the best possible outcome.