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Electrical Shock and Electrocution Accidents

Electrical Shock and Electrocution Accidents

Electrical shocks and electrocution accidents can be devastating and have adverse effects on a person. Electrocution accidents happen when a person is killed by an electrical shock. Coming in contact with high voltages of electricity can result in varying types of injuries including burns and death.

Electrocution can occur anywhere the manufacturing of electrical products occurs. It is a bit scary that the electricity that we depend on to power almost every single appliance we own, is more than enough to be disastrous. 

If there has been a negligent installation or inadequate maintenance of electrical infrastructure, electrical shocks may occur.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of electrical shock and electrocution accidents, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately. This is so that you would know your options for compensation. 

Our personal injury lawyers at Oshan and Associates handle all types of injuries and accidents including electrical shock and electrocution accidents. 

We are experts at producing positive outcomes. We have helped many clients recover just compensation and helped put their lives and finances back on track.

If you have suffered injuries from this type of accident, contact us today at Oshan and Associates for an effective and thorough representation.

How do electrocution accidents happen?

Electrocution happens typically at home or work, where people spend most of their time. The greatest risk of exposure is usually in both places. At home, normal kitchen appliances could be a source of electrical shock while at the workplace, an electrical shock is one of the most common types of injuries. 

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electricity is one of the most dangerous lines of work in the country. 

Electricity travels through a conductor in a closed circuit, so an electrical shock occurs when a person’s body becomes part of that circuit. This is because our bodies are naturally good electrical conductors. 

According to OSHA, when a person receives a shock, electricity flows between parts of the body or through the body to a ground or the earth.

Workers commonly get electric shocks through contact with an overhead powerline. 

This usually occurs when a worker touches any equipment that is energized accidentally like work tools. Wrongly installed or compromised electrical tools can also be responsible for many electrocution accidents. 

What kind of injuries can you sustain in an electrical shock?

When electricity passes through a person’s body, a vast degree of harm is likely to occur. 

Depending on the voltage level, the duration of time in which the body is energized, and many other factors, an electrical shock can cause varying amounts of injuries. 

Some of them include uncomfortable tingling sensation, confusion, loss of consciousness, severe burns and even cardiac arrest.

However, burns are a very common type of injury sustained from electric shocks and electrocution accidents. 

OSHA states that if your body comes in contact with live electricity, you can receive either an electrical burn, an arc burn, a thermal contact burn or any combination of the above.

According to OSHA, electrical burns are the most serious burns and often require immediate and intense medical attention. These types of burns occur when a high voltage passes through bones, organs and tissues. It can cause severe damage and even death. 

The second common injury sustained from electric shock is fall related. Muscles often contract violently when a person comes in contact with live electricity. Most of the time a person can be thrown away from the source of the electric shock and this can cause severe head trauma and various cuts. 

If you or a loved one suffers from an electric shock, in addition to calling the appropriate authorities, you could take these initial key steps:

  • If it is possible, turn off the energy source
  • Do not touch the person if you suspect they are still buzzing
  • Even if the person isn’t energized anymore, don’t move them.

Getting compensation

If your injury was as a result of the negligence of another person. You could be entitled to compensation not just for loss of income productivity, but also for your pain and suffering.

When someone suffers from an electric shock, the injuries could require an extended hospital stay with bills piling up. The financial strain coupled with the physical and emotional damages are too heavy a burden for anyone to carry, let us help you.

At Oshan and associates, our personal injury lawyers will take up your case while you focus on recovering. We will fight, using every available resource to ensure that you get the full and complete compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today.

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February 06, 2024

Walmart Parking lot 83rd Ave and Bell 10:45 PM shocked by lightpole, notified Walmart, Manager verified hazard on his own accord , their solution was to caution tape around the poles themselves

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