The Dangers of Electrocution on New York City Construction Sites

Compensation for Electrocution Accidents and Electrical Injuries

Electrical shock injuries commonly happen in workplaces and construction sites. Contact with electricity can cause catastrophic burn injuries, internal organ damage, cardiac arrest, and permanent injuries to muscles and nerves. Many people are often unaware that serious injury or even death can result from contact with a small amount of electric current.

Workers who have been injured on the job as the result of an electrical shock can seek compensation for their injuries and damages. It is crucial in such cases that injured workers and their families understand their legal rights and options.

The experienced New York construction accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can be there for you. For decades, we've stood with victims of electrical injuries and help recover maximum compensation for their losses.

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The Danger of Electric Shock

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 50 electrical workers are killed every year by electric current. Many more are injured. More than half of these deaths are workers who operated energized or live electric circuits without proper protective equipment. At least one-third of the electrocutions happen at low voltage (under 600 volts). Some of the common electrical shock injuries include burns, internal organ damage, seizures, loss of hearing, and unconsciousness. Electrical injuries could lead to death as well.

How an Electric Shock Happens

Construction workers can suffer an electrical shock injury when they come in contact with live wires or a source of electricity. It is all too common for construction workers in New York to suffer severe injuries because of inadequate ground-fault protection or a lack of insulation around live wires. Defective equipment, a lack of protective gear, and negligent employers put workers in danger.

It is also common for workers to suffer serious or fatal injuries if they come into contact with power lines. Workers asked to use cranes, ladders, scaffolds, backhoes, scissor lifts, or long handled tools are particularly in danger of coming into contact with power lines.

The severity of the shock depends on the path the current takes through the body, the strength of the current and the duration of the incident. It is important to remember that low voltage does not necessary mean low hazard. In fact, even low-voltage currents can temporarily freeze muscles. Higher voltage currents can result in a potentially fatal rapid or ineffective heartbeat.

Compensation for Injured Workers in New York

Electrical injuries can result in long-term effects and significant medical expenses for injured workers. In such cases, victims can seek NY workers' compensation benefits, which cover medical expenses and a portion of the lost wages. Workers can also file third-party claims against parties other than employers seeking additional compensation for non-economic and other damages. Examples of third parties include general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners, and manufacturers of defective products.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an electrical accident, call the NYC electrocution accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986- 7353 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.


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