Even if you don’t work as an electrician, odds are electricity powers a lot of the work you do. It’s also a very powerful force, and if you touch a live or exposed wire, it can cause serious and lifelong injuries. If you’ve been electrocuted or burned at work, even if it seemed like a minor injury at the time, it’s worth contacting an injury lawyer to see if you are eligible for compensation. Below, we take a closer look at all the ways you can be impacted by an electrical injury and why it’s so important to consider filing for compensation.
Workers’ Compensation For Burns and Electrocutions
There is often more than meets the eye when it comes to electricity-related injuries. There are the obvious injuries like burns and scarring, but there can be so much more to these types of injuries. Electrical injuries can also lead to:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Heart problems
- Neurological damage
- Soft tissue damage to nerves and tendons
- Muscles problems
- Vision loss
- Difficulty breathing
Electrocution injuries have also been known to affect a person’s moods, behaviors, memory and other cognitive functions, so it can be difficult to determine the full scope of how you’ve been impacted by an electrical injury.
During our time in injury law, we’ve seen a wide range of electrical-related injuries. You might assume that these types of injuries only involve someone touching a live wire that they assumed was off, but that’s not the case. We’ve seen accidental touching of live wires, miscommunication over whether or not power is being supplied to an area, electrical injuries as a result of defective products or improper product handling, injuries from touching an exposed wire, electrical explosions and more. Many of our clients don’t regularly work with electricity, so don’t be afraid to contact an attorney if you suffer what seems to be a fluky electricity-related injury.
If you suffer an electrocution during the course of your work duties, the two most important things you need to do are two seek medical attention and contact a lawyer. Getting a medical assessment shortly after the injury is important because it provides clear medical documentation of your injuries. Even if you don’t feel like there are long-lasting effects, your doctor can conduct some tests to diagnose the full effects of your electrocution. This also helps speak to the seriousness of your injuries, because the insurance company may try to deny your claim if you wait a week or more to go see a doctor for your injuries.
Secondly, you need to have a lawyer by your side. They can help build your case and put a true valuation on the extent of your injuries. They can also ensure any offer from the insurance company is fair and accounts for the totality of your injuries. The insurance company will have plenty of legal experts in their corner, so you should have one in yours. We’ve won plenty of electricity-related injury cases in the past, and we can do the same for you. For more information or for help with your case, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Office today.
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