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Obtaining Legal Representation in New York Electrocution Cases
Electrical power is a vital component of most construction sites. Electricity powers tools and lights at a job site, and it generates the power necessary to complete a job. Electrical power can also seriously injure or kill people on the job. Injuries stemming from electric shock are almost always serious and sometimes deadly. Though electrical injuries are most likely to occur on construction sites, they can happen in many other places and within almost any occupation. People that are most at risk tend to be maintenance workers, technicians, utility operators, mechanics, electricians, firemen (and other first responders), factory workers, etc. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is one of the top causes of workplace fatalities.
Electrical injuries can include severe external or internal burns or brain injuries. When electrical current runs through a person’s chest, it can lead to heart arrhythmia or even cardiac arrest and death.
If you or a loved one were injured in an electrical accident on a construction site or another location, or if you have lost a loved one to electrocution, you are going through a painful, difficult time. A New York City electrocution lawyer can work with you during this critical time to help you recover the financial compensation you need.
Causes of Electrical Injuries
Electrical injuries can happen in different ways. Though most jobs and public areas have the appropriate signage and safety measures in place, some do not. This can result in serious damage (including death). Injured people and surviving family members have turned to the law firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP. Our team of New York City electrical accident attorneys works hard for people whose lives have been turned upside down by these types of series injuries.
Electrocution can be caused by any number of things such as:
- Contact with exposed wiring or power lines. A number of these cases involve contacting wires with metal ladders.
- Electrical arc flash from power lines
- Electrical wires that are improperly insulated
- Contractors and/or workers who are not informed of the location of power lines
- Use of tools that are defective or unsafe
- Exposure to electricity in a car accident
- Electrical circuits being overloaded
- Incorrectly informed that the electricity has been turned off before repair are made
- Flammable materials near electrical wires, boxes, and/or outlets
Most Common Types of Electrical Injuries
Electrical injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. They most often occur in the workplace or at home. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) the most common types of electrical injuries include burns, falls, electrical shock, and electrocution. The severity of the symptoms will depend on your health, how high the voltage was, and how long you were in contact with the source of electricity (among other things). Any type of electrical injury can lead to death depending on the circumstance.
Determining Who Is At Fault
The crucial issue in most construction or workplace accidents is determining who caused your injuries or losses. If someone other than your employer was responsible, you can bring a personal injury claim in addition to workers’ compensation. Our law firm will closely examine the facts of your case in order to find out who was at fault. If you have a claim in addition to workers’ compensation, our attorneys will fight hard in litigation and negotiations to help you get the money you need.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
If you are lucky, electrical injuries may be mild. However, in most instances, an injury caused by exposure to electricity can be serious (potentially fatal). If you have suffered an electrical injury and it is due to the negligence of another person or party, it is recommended that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney to seek the compensation that you deserve. Call us at 1 (212) 697-9280 or e-mail our lawyers to schedule a consultation. We make home and hospital visits when necessary. In all cases, we do not charge any fee unless we are successful in your case.