Electrocution is a risk in almost every workplace. Some workplaces such as construction or industrial settings can present an elevated risk for a number of reasons. Some of the most common ways in which people are electrocuted at work include:

  • Performing repairs or work on or near wiring to which they assumed the power was turned off
  • Exposed wiring
  • Improperly installed wiring
  • Defective machinery/appliances/power tools
  • Touching an overhead or downed power line

When electrocution occurs, the injuries can be severe and even fatal. Some of the injuries that can be caused by electrocution include:

  • Burns
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to internal organs

On-the-job burn injuries are notoriously painful, and it is difficult for the injured party to recover and return to work.

Stop and think for a moment about all the possible hazards that could befall you in your workplace. You could fall down a flight of stairs or off of a ladder or scaffold. You could have an extremity – commonly fingers or toes – crushed in between two heavy objects. You could be hit by falling objects or debris. There could be broken bones, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, lacerations, chemical exposure, muscle strain, torn ligaments and any number of other injury-causing circumstances. Depending upon your profession, some of these injuries are more likely than others are.

An all-too-common scenario that many people forget about or assume won’t happen to them is suffering a burn injury or being electrocuted. Burns can be thermal in nature and come from obvious places like fires, cooking implements, machinery or substances like tar or asphalt. They can also be chemical, and be caused by exposure to toxic or extremely acidic substances. Burns are also a common side effect of electric shock, alongside other ramifications like brain injuries, cardiac system damage and cell death.

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    More than meets the eye

    Anyone who has ever gotten a bit too close to a stove burner or backed up against a hot radiator knows the extreme pain and discomfort that come with a burn injury. Unlike some other types of injuries – like, for example, cuts – burns can impact a large surface at one time. While a cut may be deep and extend down into the lower layers of skin and tissue it is still relatively localized, impacting only the nerves, blood vessels and cells in that one area. Burns, however, commonly cover patches or swaths of skin, resulting in layers of damage to the skin, underlying muscle, nerves and pain receptors.

    It is also much harder to close a burn wound than it is to stitch up or seal a cut. Whereas a single line of stitches, staples or medical adhesive can be used to “repair” a laceration, the same cannot be said about a burn. Burn injuries not only result in cell death, the slow rate of skin growth after a burn means that skin grafts or painful treatments are often necessary to prevent infection. Even a relatively “minor” burn can cause scarring or disfigurement and result in lingering pain for days, weeks or months, depending on its location and how deep it went.

    Work comp complications

    Unlike some other work-related injuries – whether they be thermal, chemical or electrical in nature – it can be difficult to determine at what point the injured worker is healed from a burn and to what extent he or she will have limitations upon returning to work. For example, a severe burn may result in scar tissue that, years down the road, becomes so hard and tight that scar revision surgery is necessary. Clearly, that surgery is related to the original injury, but it may not be possible to have a current (or former) employer cover the costs.

    In complicated cases like those, there are many contingencies and many open-ended questions that you simply cannot answer by yourself. If you have suffered a burn injury on the job, remember that, even as you focus on your recovery, you have legal rights. You have the right to file for worker’s compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, and you have the right to be represented by counsel while you do that, so contact an experienced work comp attorney in your area as soon as possible.

    The injuries from an electrical shock can be long-lasting. Recovering from them often requires serious medical and financial resources. Securing the representation of a skilled and experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure that you and your family have what you need to make it through such a difficult time.

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    Electrocution Injury Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, brings exceptional skill and extensive experience to the aid of those who have been injured in electrical accidents at work. He is committed to helping injured workers recover the full workers’ compensation benefits to which they are entitled. Ryan Montgomery has earned an AV* Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the highest rating given. Martindale-Hubbell relies on the opinions of members of the legal community to arrive at its ratings.

    Contact An Electrocution Attorney

    If you were electrocuted at work, contact Spartanburg Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Ryan Montgomery today. To schedule a free initial consultation, call (864) 207-4764.

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