Electrocution On Construction Sites
By their very nature, construction sites bring with them great potential for severe injury or fatality. Construction site injuries result in hefty financial damages in the form of medical bills and lost wages and can lead to life-long disabilities and emotional trauma.
While electrocution can occur almost anywhere to anyone, most electrocution deaths happen to construction workers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of electrocution while on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The Katy construction accident attorneys at the Adams Law Firm have the expertise to advise you about the best way to recover for your losses. With over 35years of experience and multiple recognitions and board certifications, our attorneys have the skills and experience to provide the dedicated and competent representation necessary in pursuing maximum compensation for you and your family.
Why You Need A Lawyer
If you’ve been electrocuted at a construction site while working as an employee, you may be able to file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. An attorney can guide you on the process of filing the workers’ comp claim, assuming your employer participates in Texas workers’ compensation system. Keep in mind that you need to notify your employer within 30 days of the accident. That being said, our team at Adams Law Firm can determine whether to pursue your claim via workers’ compensation or within the civil personal injury lawsuit template.
Either way, an insurance company often tries to pay out less compensation than what you deserve. Even in a serious electrocution incident, the insurer may try to downplay your injuries and their impacts on your life. Given this reality, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced construction site personal injury attorney.
The attorney will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. This ensures that you avoid making any ill-advised statements if or when the insurance company attempts to deny your claim or compensate you for less than to what you are entitled. Think of the peace of mind that is commonly lost after an accident in knowing that an attorney is in your corner handling all the details.
The skilled attorneys at Adams Law Firm also know that, even when you file a workers’ compensation claim, there may be other liable third parties. In each case, our knowledgeable attorneys conduct a thorough investigation to identify all parties who could be held responsible for your injuries so that you receive maximum compensation. Within the investigation, for example, an attorney can also determine whether a premises liability or product liability issue exists, thereby opening up additional compensation streams.
Why Choose Adams Law Firm To Handle My Case?
Co-founder Will Adams is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Will and his law partner/brother Tad Adams who are members of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, have proven success in helping clients to seek and obtain full compensation for their injuries. With deep roots in the Katy community, the Adams brothers have devoted their entire legal careers to personal injury representation on behalf of Houston-area families.
In short, our attorneys are dedicated to advocating for your rights and providing you with compassionate legal service and guidance so that you can get your life back to normal.
With a free case evaluation, our team can identify the best steps to take in your case. Additionally, you won’t owe us anything up front in fees or costs. Our contingency fee arrangement guarantees that you won’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you.
Electrocution At A Construction Site
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administrationhas identified the “fatal four” accidents that were responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths in 2017. Overall, 20 percent of worker deaths happened in construction. According to the agency, eliminating these fatal four accidents would save at least 582 workers’ lives each year. The fatal four accidents are falls,struckby an object, being caught in between dangerous equipment, and electrocution. Of these four accidents, there were 71 fatal electrocutions in 2017.
According to the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, there are four main types of electrical injuries suffered by construction workers:
- Electrocution: An electrocution is always fatal. It occurs when a person is exposed to an amount of energy that over-stimulates the nervous system or damages internal organs resulting in death
- Electric shock: This differs from electrocution in that a person survives the electric shock. While both involve electrical currents flowing through the body, the high voltage or long exposure to electricity makes electrocution fatal.
- Burns: Usually, the most common type of injury from an electric shock, burns can cause external and internal injuries such as tissue damage and muscle damage.
- Falls caused by coming in contact with electrical energy: This can result from muscle contractions common when a person is electrocuted. Not only is the victim injured by the electric shock, but they now have fall-related injuries such as broken bones and head or brain injuries.
When you are injured by electrical shock at a construction site, your injuries may seem initially minor. However, there can be severe internal damage. Damage or destruction to nerves and blood vessels is also possible as is cardiac arrest.
Causes of Construction Site Electrocution
There can be many causes of a worker’s electrocution at a construction site. The most common causes include:
- Live wires and faulty wiring
- Inadequate warnings or markings identifying construction zones
- Poor lighting at the site
- Faulty or damaged equipment
Call the Construction Accident Attorneys At The Adams Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by an electric shock at a construction site, do not hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at the Adams Law Firm today. With over 35 years of legal services to the Katy, Texas, area, we understand what needs to be done when you’ve been injured through no fault of your own. We are dedicated to meeting these needs and providing you with aggressive representation in terms of seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call today at (800) 559-0593 to schedule your free case evaluation or reach out to us on live chat or by filling out the email contact form. Our family stand ready to help yours.
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