New York City Premises Electrocution Attorneys Getting Compensation For Injury Victims
Electrocution and electric shock injuries happen when an electrical current passes through someone’s body. This can happen anywhere, but it often happens on the job to the hard-working men and women of New York.
Many times a contractor, construction worker, or someone performing excavating work will unexpectedly hit a live, high voltage power line. The resulting injuries are severe, and rehabilitation is a long and grueling ordeal. This is where a team of premises liability lawyers can help.
For someone who has suffered electrocution or electric shock, the opportunity to be rehabilitated is one of the better outcomes. Many victims are often left disabled, disfigured, or both with outrageous medical bills that add further insult to injury.
Some reports suggest that more than four hundred construction workers die annually from avoidable electrocution or shock hazards. Beyond that, there are many injuries that go unreported on a daily basis. If you or a loved one have been the victim of unnecessary and serious electric shock or electrocution, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. You may be due financial compensation, and someone else could be responsible for those soaring medical bills that, unfortunately, are not likely to subside anytime soon.
Why are electric shock and electrocution accidents so catastrophic?
The damage caused by electricity and voltage passing through someone’s body is usually substantial. The extent of the damage can depend on a number of things, such as the length of exposure and the voltage. Burns are the most common injury, and they can range from minor to severe.
Some electric shocks exhort violent pressure on the body which can break bones under the contracting muscles or even brutally throw a person through the air. Many times a victim will suffer blunt force trauma as a result.
All kind of havoc is wreaked on the nervous system, and the heart is particularly susceptible to damage. Some electric shocks or electrocutions can even lead to cardiac arrest. This is particularly prevalent when someone is working on metal scaffolding or on a ladder.
If I was injured on a construction site won’t Workers’ Compensation cover my medical bills?
This is true to an extent. If you were injured on a construction site, you can file a workers’ compensation claim, and they will cover some of the medical bills. However, with the catastrophic nature of these injuries, the required medical treatment often exhausts workers’ compensation funds early on, and substantial treatment is still required.
In New York, the property owners are required to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner, and that includes the electrical wiring. Many times, a victim of electrocution can file a premises liability claim against the property owner to pursue more substantial financial compensation.
Do I have to be an injured worker to file a premises electrocution claim?
No, you do not. More often than not premises electrocution claims are filed by injured workers or construction workers, but that is not always the case. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries as a result of electric shock or electrocution on someone else’s property, then you may be due financial compensation, and you should seek legal counsel immediately. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, has extensive experience successfully representing the victims of New York premises electrocution claims.
What are some causes of injuries resulting in premises electrocution claims?
The causes of electric shock and electrocution are vast, and there are too many to name them all. However, we can provide a list of the most common causes seen locally in New York. Many of these causes are the result of worksite electrocutions or electric shock injuries, but all of them could have been avoided.
- Failure to warn patrons or workers of high voltage power lines
- Poorly maintained electrical systems or wiring
- Noncompliance with OSHA guidelines
- Electric materials in or near liquids
- Electrical components that arc or throw sparks
What are the symptoms of electrocution or electric shock?
Electrocution and electric shock can cause all kinds of damage to the body. Here is a list of the most common symptoms of electrocution and/or electric shock.
- Burn injuries ranging from minor to severe
- Broken bones
- Blunt force trauma resulting from being thrown
- Loss of consciousness
- Vision and hearing problems
- Cardiac arrest
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling or loss of feeling in extremities
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
What should I do after an electric shock or electrocution?
Much of what you are able to do will depend on the injuries you sustain and how severe they are. Of course, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Do not give any verbal or written statements to anyone without speaking to an attorney.
If insurance companies or property owners are contacting you, it may be likely that you have a case. Make sure that your injuries are documented extensively. The medical staff will document your injuries in the medical files, but it is always good to have pictures if you can get them.
Pictures help illustrate the extent of your injuries rather than leaving that open to interpretation. As soon as you are able, seek legal counsel. Look for a New York personal injury lawyer with extensive experience in electric shock and electrocution. As one of the most skilled law firms in the state, we have been successfully representing New York victims of electrocution and electric shock for nearly a century.
Call a NY premises electrocution law firm today
If you sustained serious injuries as a result of electric shock at work or out on public property, or have fallen victim to electric shock or electrocution because of inadequate maintenance or warning of hazard, we are here for you. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC will fight fiercely for your rights as a 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 simple consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. P Every citizen has rights that deserve protection and our attorneys vow to protect these rights, while providing the utmost personal attention for the duration of your case.