In 1999, 278 workers died from electrocutions at work, accounting for almost 5 percent of all on-the-job fatalities that year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure does not account for all the other severe electrocution accidents that did not lead to death. Though different sources indicate that there is a trend showing a decline in the numbers above, they remain significant.
Most electrical injuries are sustained at construction sites. The concern in this type of situation arises from the fact that usually many companies and contractors are in a construction site. While the person receiving an electrical injury may require substantial medical attention and a lengthy, the company who is actually at fault may be difficulty to ascertain right away. Failing to quickly identify the responsible party, may lead to troubles prosecuting a civil case against it. A person who sustained an electrical injury should consult with an experience electrical injury attorney as soon as possible.
Electrical Injuries in an Austin Electrical Injury Accident
According to the Occupational Safety Health Administration (“OSHA”), four types of electrical injuries are: shock, burns falls due to contact with electricity, and electrocution (death). An electrical shock is received when electrical current passes through the body. A person will get an electrical shock if a part of his or her body completes an electrical circuit by
- Touching a live wire and an electrical ground, or
- Touching a live wire and another wire at a different voltage.
Burn Injuries are a very common, if not, the most common shock-related injury. This type of injury occurs when a person touches electrical wiring or equipment that is improperly used or maintained. It usually occurs on hands and it is a very serious injury that needs immediate attention. Falls due to contact with electricity is another type of injury that can be sustained when a person comes in contact due to the force inflicted in the individual. The falls can be at ground-level or from many feet above. Lastly, electrocution incidents can also occur, leading to the person’s death.
Contact an Austin Electrical Injury Lawyer
A person who sustains an electrical injury should not delay in consulting with an experienced electrical injury lawyer. Call Pastrana Law Firm at 512-474-4487 for a consultation free or cost. We have handled these cases and know how to handle them successfully. We travel to you and are available 24/7.