Surprisingly, more than 400 electric shock accidents at work resulting in death occur each and every year. Thousands of workers are involved in electric shock accidents at work as a result of defective or incorrectly installed electrical wiring. Electric shock is among the top 5 most common workplace accidents.
The higher the electrical current and the longer the electrical current has to shock you – the more severe your electric shock injuries will be. For short duration electrical shock, you may just experience some pain but no lasting injuries. A shock of just a few seconds at a high voltage can result in the heart going into ventricular fibrillation. Lower amps of electric shock can cause you to lose use of arm muscles – this is why many shock victims are unable to let go of the tool or item which is causing the shock. This means the flow of electric current through the body lasts longer, and causes more severe injuries.
The severity of electric shock accidents at work also depend on which part of the body the electrical current flows through. The closer the current is to the heart, the more damaging the accident will be.
Causes of Electrical Accidents at Work
There are several causes for electrical work accidents. Many times, getting shocked or electrocuted at work is a result of negligence. Other causes may be due to a lack of safety regulation enforcement, or defective equipment which malfunctions.
Electric Shock Workers Compensation
If you have been injured in an electrical accident at work, you will typically receive workers’ compensation insurance coverage to compensate you for the money you lose while out of work and for your medical expenses. It’s not unusual that workers’ compensation benefits are not enough to compensate you for all damages you may sustain due to the work-related electrical shock accident. If your injury was a result of defective products, you may also have the right to file a claim against the product manufacturer for medical expenses as well as pain and suffer, and monetary loss of your current and/or future earnings.
If you have suffered an electric shock accident at work, you can schedule a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney today. Contact us online or by calling toll-free at 855-614-4351 for more information.