Electric shock and electrocution are serious risks for workers in the U.S. In 2016, there were 154 electrical fatalities and 1,640 non-fatal electrical injuries. Certain industries face the highest risks of electrical accidents. However, you are not only at risk at work. Consumers also face electric shock and electrocution accidents when handling defective products. No matter the circumstances, if you were injured or your loved one was an electrocution victim, do not be afraid to speak with an electrocution lawyer at Anderson Injury Lawyers.
Our wrongful death attorneys are highly experienced in investigating electrocution injuries and fatalities, determining whether another individual or business was responsible for the electrical incident, and pursuing compensation for victims. To schedule a free consultation of your case. Call us today at 817-294-1900, or reach out online.
Electrocution vs. Electric Shock
You may hear and read the terms “electrocution” and “electric shock,” and assume they mean the same thing. Many people use them interchangeably. However, there are two different types of incidents, and the difference can matter a great deal of if you suffer an electric shock at work, or a loved one was electrocuted through the course of their employment.
An electric shock leads to an injury, but not death. In some cases, an electric shock can be minor. You may have been zapped a time or two in your life and felt nothing but a small sting or tingling sensation. However, when you are working, a high-voltage shock can lead to serious and debilitating burns and other injuries.
Electrocution is fatal. The term means that someone’s death was caused by electricity. Death by electrocution is rare in the U.S., but it does occur – particularly in dangerous industries or when individuals are exposed to defective products.
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What Happens When You Get Electrocuted?
Electricity is measured by volts and amperes (amps). An amp is a unit of electric current that measures the current flow. In other words, an amp measures how much electricity flows through a specific point per unit of time. When your body comes into contact with electricity, whether or not you suffer an injury or experience a fatal health event depends on the amps, and where/how the electricity enters your body. The amps, not the volts, matter most in terms of whether an electrical accident will be harmful or fatal.
During an electric shock or electrocution, the electrons move through you. This current is usually what harms the body as it flows through it. It may interfere with your body’s natural electrical signals, or it may burn tissue.
In general, 0.5 - 3 milliampere (mA) can cause a tingling sensation, and 3 - 10 mA causes pain and muscle contractions. If 30 to 75 mA moves through your body, you can suffer respiratory paralysis, and 100 to 200 mA can lead to ventricular fibrillation, which can be fatal. At 200 to 500 mA, the heart clamps. If you are exposed to 1500 mA or more, your bodily tissue and organs will be burned.
Common Causes of Electrocution and Electric Shock
Electric shocks and electrocutions are often caused by coming into contact with:
- Exposed electrical source, such as live electrical wires or downed power lines
- High-voltage power lines
- Frayed electrical cords
- Defective appliances, tools, machinery, and equipment
Types of Electrical Injuries
The effects of electric shock will vary depending on the specific injuries you sustained. We have represented individuals suffering from:
You can suffer electrical burns when electricity flows through your body. These burns can cause skin and subdermal damage. Low-voltage burns are likely to cause mild or superficial injuries, while high-voltage burns can cause significant internal injuries.
Many people suffer additional injuries if they fall or are thrown because of an electric shock. This fall could lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI), back injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
The electrical current does not only pass through your skin. It moves throughout your body, and depending on the amps, it can harm your internal organs. You may suffer significant damage to one or more internal organs, which can be difficult to recover from and may require additional medical care or attention in the future.
If you are recovering from an electric shock injury, do not hesitate to call an electrocution lawyer to learn more about your options. You may be able to pursue compensation from the party responsible for the incident.
Filing a Lawsuit for an Electric Shock Injury
If you suffered harm due to a serious electric shock at or outside of work, we encourage you to speak with our electrocution injury lawyers about your right to pursue compensation. If you were on the job at the time of the electrical incident, then you may have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. When workers’ comp covers your circumstances, you do not have the right to sue your employer.
However, if someone from outside of your employer caused the incident, such as the manufacturer of a defective power tool, then you may file a third-party liability claim.
When you hire us, our lawyers at Anderson Injury Lawyers will thoroughly investigate the incident. We will gather and analyze evidence to determine out who is responsible for the electric shock, and then we will advise you on whether you have the right to pursue workers’ comp benefits and/or file a lawsuit.
Through an electric shock lawsuit, you can pursue compensation for your:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress and Mental Anguish
- Physical Limitation
- Reduced Earning Potential
Filing a Lawsuit for Wrongful Death by Electrocution
If your loved one died due to electrocution on the job, we know that you’re going through a difficult, painful time. We encourage you to call us at Anderson Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. Following a fatal work injury, you might have the right to pursue death and funeral benefits under workers’ compensation insurance.
If someone from outside of your loved one’s employer caused the electrocution, then you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. An electrocution accident attorney will thoroughly and carefully investigate your relative’s death to determine your right to workers’ comp benefits and other compensation.
Call an Electrocution Attorney
When you are hurt or lose a loved one due to electrocution at work or home, the best step to take toward pursuing compensation or workers’ comp benefits is to call an electrocution lawyer from Anderson Injury Lawyers. Our personal injury team has decades of experience and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for electric shock victims like you.
We will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine what went wrong, why, and who is liable. Then, we may recommend seeking compensation through a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death lawsuit. To discuss these processes through a free case evaluation, contact us at 817-294-1900.