Construction Accidents Involving Electrocution

Construction Accidents Involving Electrocution 2017-09-26T16:46:32+00:00

While less common than other construction accidents, electrocution can have devastating effects. The National Institute For Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) reports that nearly 400 workers die each year from injuries sustained during electrocution. Beyond that, numerous employees are injured seriously after being electrocuted.

New York City Construction Accident Lawyers

Over decades of distinguished legal service, the construction accident attorneys at Banville Law have helped numerous injured construction workers recover with dignity. After being seriously electrocuted, workers regularly face tough challenges: a lengthy recovery, soaring medical bills, and time off work. In some tragic instances, electrocution accidents can be fatal or leave victims disabled. While these types of accidents are less common, they are often quite tragic as was the case of a construction worker who died in Queens after suffering a heart attack when he was electrocuted.

But if a negligent property owner caused your electrocution accident, you may be able to hold them accountable. Contact the experienced electrocution construction accident lawyers at Banville Law and begin reviewing your legal options. Justice may be a step away.

Common Injuries Sustained In Construction Site Electrocutions

Although workers can be electrocuted for any number of reasons on a job site, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration formally acknowledges four kinds of electrical injury:

  • Burns
  • Electric Shock
  • Falls Caused By Electrical Shock
  • Electrocution Fatality

Most cases of construction site electrocution can be considered “electric shocks.” When a worker makes contact with a source of electrical energy, and this energy flows through part of their body, they’ve been “shocked.” While some workers will present no outward symptoms after an electric shock, burns are the most common sign of electrocution. Electrocution forces our muscles to contract violently; sometimes this contraction is so strong that bones break under the pressure. Some shocks are so violent that workers are thrown through the air, suffering serious blunt force trauma injuries.

Who Is Responsible For My Accident?

While New York State’s Workers Compensation system prevents injured workers from suing their employers in most situations, cases of electrocution are unique. While employers can only be sued in rare instances, owners of the property are left open to lawsuits.

If you were electrocuted on a construction site, you will most likely be able to file a Workers Compensation claim. But Workers Comp can only go so far, and most medical treatments for electrocution-related injuries require more substantial resources.

Fortunately, you may also be able to file a “premises liability” lawsuit. Many workers are electrocuted after coming into contact with faulty wiring and live wires. New York City’s property owners are responsible for maintaining their premises in “reasonably safe condition.” This responsibility extends to electrical wiring. If your construction site electrocution accident was caused by a building or job site’s electrical wiring, you should begin reviewing your case with an experienced attorney immediately.

The personal injury attorneys at Banville Law have also handled electrocution accident cases that involved welding, crane and forklift operation.

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