An electrocution accident is a serious accident that can cause permanent injury and even death.  These accidents can occur in any place where there is an electric current.  However, the most common locations for electrocution accidents are workplaces where employees are handling electricity and wiring.  Property owners and employers have a responsibility to keep visitors and employees reasonably safe from electric shock hazards.  If you were electrocuted due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring a claim to compensate for your injuries.

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How Negligent Electrocution Accidents Happen

Electric shock occurs when a part of the human body comes in contact with an electricity source, which sends an electric shock through the body.  The sources of electricity can be wires, metal, electric machinery, or power lines.  These conductor materials send an electric pulse through the body which can be physically damaging to the skin, nervous system, and internal organs.  There are varying levels of electrical current that are classified based on their voltage.  The higher the voltage, the more damaging the shock can be to the body.

An electrocution accident can happen anywhere, but there are some situations where there is a higher risk of electric shock.  Workers who handle electricity on a daily basis, such as electricians, construction workers, and power line workers, have the highest risk of being electrocuted.  Employees who work with machinery in manufacturing or other jobs can also be at risk of electric shock if the machinery malfunctions.  Electrocution accidents can also occur in a home, public building, or retail building if there are exposed wires or other electrical hazards.  Property owners and employers who are negligent and cause electric shock injuries will be responsible for the pain and suffering of the electrocution victim.

How Electric Shock Injures the Body

An electrocution accident is a serious accident that can cause permanent injury to the victim and can sometimes be fatal.  Depending on the voltage of the electric source, electricity can damage the skin by causing serious burns to the body.  Electrocution also causes damage to the nervous system, and can permanently affect the function of internal organs as well as cognitive abilities and memory.  In serious electrocution accidents, the victim can experience ventricular fibrillation, an abnormal contraction of the heart muscles.  If this is not treated immediately, it can cause the heart to stop, which is a fatal injury.  If you or someone you love suffered an electrocution, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Hiring an Attorney for Electrocution Accident Lawsuits

When you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, you need legal representation in your claim against the responsible parties.  If you were electrocuted at work, you will want to bring a workers’ compensation claim against your employer’s insurance company.  If you suffered electric shock in a defective building, you can file a premises liability claim to compensate for your pain and suffering.  The lawyers at Duffy & Duffy can help you file your electrocution accident claim and will seek maximum compensation for your electric shock injuries.

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