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Los Angeles Electrocution Burn Attorney
Electrocution burns and danger of death from electrocution are ever-present dangers at construction sites. OSHA has established safety procedures that require supervisors at construction sites to help workers comply with protective regulations, but electrocution remains the #4 leading cause of death for workers in this industry, according to the U.S. Board of Labor Statistics (2005) records.
What Can Cause Electrocution Burns?
Getting burned by electrical current during the course of normal work is always a concern for construction workers. As personal injury attorneys at Mann & Elias can verify, danger of electrocution is everywhere, despite vigilant protective measures. In simplest terms, electrocution will occur whenever the normal course of an electrical current is mistakenly directed through a human body. Electrical current will make its hot trip wherever the course can travel, including through human tissue.
Electrocution causes serious problems from burns to shock and death. Burns are the most common injury and occur for many reasons:
Contact with overhead power lines
Contact with energized sources
Improper use of extension and flexible cords
Product defect or failure
Exposed electrical parts
Wires with bad insulation, inadequate wiring
Ungrounded electrical systems and tools
Damaged power tools and equipment
What Injuries are Likely to Occur from Electrocution?
The most common injuries from electrocution are minor to severe skin burns. These may be from electrical, arc/flash or thermal sources. Shock occurs as a reflex response to passage of electricity through the body as the current runs from entry to exit points. Fire from faulty electrical wiring or power tools is another source of electrocution burns. High voltage arcs can create thermal heat; this, in turn, causes skin burns. If there is any type of explosive mixture nearby in the air, an electrical spark can set off an explosion that may burn workers.
What Problems Do Electrocution Burns Cause?
Physical injuries range from skin burns to shock, loss of consciousness, broken bones or fractures from resultant falls, and death. Long lasting effects could include paralysis, loss of limbs, and other disabilities. Electrocution burns and injuries could render an employee unable to work for a lifetime.
How Can Mann & Elias Attorneys Help?
Attorneys at the Los Angeles law firm of Mann & Elias have successfully won millions of dollars in awards and settlement agreements for construction workers who have been injured by electrocution burns and related accidents. They will stand up for your rights to receive fair compensation from employers and equipment manufacturers when you are injured working for them or using their defective equipment. The lack of a safe work environment, lapses in attention to safety regulations and other negligent actions result in worker injuries on a daily basis around California and the rest of the country.
When a worker is hurt on the job, there will be major financial problems from their medical treatment, loss of work time and possibly even inability to obtain future employment. If a worker dies from electrocution burns, their survivors can seek compensation for that wrongful death. Insurance companies may be reluctant to provide an adequate payout for injury or death benefits. Your Mann & Elias personal injury attorney will see that you receive maximum compensation for your injury costs and losses.
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