New York Attorneys for Electrocution On Construction Sites
There are so many obvious hazards on a construction site, such as falling debris and fall hazards, that workers often dismiss the dangers of electricity. We use electricity in so many ways from plugging in tools to turning on lights, and it is easy to forget how dangerous construction sites can be when you add in these electric hazards. High voltage, multiple wires, and a large number of electrical sources increase the risk of electrical injuries on a construction site. Most construction sites are high voltage environments with workers using heavy machinery and power tools which increase the risk for electrical injury. The effects of electrocution, especially in these environments, can be devastating. They bring along with them injuries that alter different bodily functions and may never return to normal. Victims may suffer burns, nerve damage, and permanent damage to entire systems in the body. In more extreme cases, victims actually suffer fatal injuries as a direct result of electrocution on a construction site.
If you or a loved have suffered the tragic effects of electrocution due to a construction site injury, call construction accident law firm The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. Our construction accident attorneys are serious about financial compensation for victims who have suffered electrocution accidents on construction sites.
Why are construction site electrocutions different from other electrocution injuries?
Construction sites are high voltage areas, so the dangers are increased. On a construction site, lighting and wiring often needs to be installed and run into live wires, further increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, there are many items that have not been permanently secured, so falling power lines may also pose a threat. Construction sites must constantly be inspected and maintained for safety.
What type of injuries most commonly result from construction site electrocutions?
Electrocutions can cause any number of extensive injuries. Construction site electrocutions, since they usually deal with higher voltages, can cause serious burns, respiratory distress, and organ failure. Other injuries may include cardiac arrest, broken bones or other injuries that may have been suffered as the result of a fall. Often an electrical shock or electrocution will occur when construction workers are on ladders or scaffold directly resulting in a fall that causes further additional injuries. Cardiac arrest, nerve damage, and severe disfigurement from burns are also a huge risk.
How is electrical voltage measure in relation to human injury?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are three general levels of electric shock. The currents are measured in milliamperes or mA. So OSHA has determined that someone who is shocked with between 1mA and 5mA may feel a mild to uncomfortable tingling sensation. Between 6mA and 16mA is called the ‘let go’ zone, which means that a person is still able to free themselves from the source of the electrical current. Workers who suffer electrocution beyond 17mA may experience respiratory failure, organ damage, and other irreparable damage. It only takes a few seconds for this to happen and it is not necessary to be exposed for a long period of time. However, the longer someone is exposed to high voltage, the more likely they are to suffer irreversible damage.
Why are electrocution accidents more dangerous for construction workers?
Construction workers who survive electrocution may never be the same. They may not be able to resume normal daily activities, return to work, or even have full function of certain bodily systems or extremities. Other times they may be severely disfigured due to burns from the electrocution.
What type of damages can be recovered in construction electrocution claims?
The type and amount of damages recovered will depend on several independent factors. Each case is different and treated on an individual basis. Most often, the past and future medical expenses can be awarded in these cases as the medical expenses can be outrageous. Additionally, people often recover lost wages, future loss of earnings if applicable, as well as pain and suffering. There may be other damages awarded depending on your specific case.
If the accident happened on the job, am I limited to workers’ compensation benefits?
No, many times you are not. Sometimes, a third party is responsible for the injury either partially or entirely. You may not be able to sue your employer beyond what workers’ compensation provides. However, if a third party is in some way responsible for your injuries, then you can pursue a civil suit against them in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. For instance, if you were to suffer serious electrical shock after plugging in a power tool on the job and later find out that the outlet was not wired or grounded properly, you may be able to bring an additional claim against the electrical contractor who did that work.
Call a New York personal injury lawyer with extensive experience
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC has thorough experience and a proven track record of success representing construction electrocution victims in New York. Our highly skilled attorneys work closely with experts in the field to investigate diligently while preparing and presenting the strongest argument available so you can recover adequate financial compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury from an electrical accident that could have been prevented on a construction site or suffered unnecessarily from the tragedy of a serious construction electrocution injury, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. We will fight fiercely for your rights as a construction electrocution victim and represent your best interests so that you can concentrate on recovering. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our easy consultation request form and we will speak with you shortly. Please don’t hesitate to call. Our attorneys will protect your rights and give you personal attention you deserve throughout your case.