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Although electrocutions may sound like an infrequent occurrence in the workplace, the use of electric power in most tasks, particularly in industrial fields, puts many workers at risk of electrocution if due diligence is not observed. Massive amounts of power are needed to operate large machines and factories, leading to potentially deadly injuries should a worker suffer an electric shock. Workers who work around power lines like construction workers or landscapers also face an increased risk of electrocution.
An electrocution can occur in a wide number of ways, including contact with exposed wiring or an electric current that is transmitted through water. If contact is established, a worker faces the possibility of grave injuries or even death.
As exposure levels break 17 Milliamperes, an individual loses the ability to let go of the source of the shock. This means that the victim maintains contact with the electrical flow and damage continues to occur, often leading to severe injuries. The severity of the shock can be influenced by several factors, including the level of moisture in the air, the voltage of the current, and the health of the victim.
In addition to the direct injuries caused by the shock, even a relatively minor or painless electrocution can cause involuntary muscle reactions. When working in a potentially dangerous environment, such as on a tall ladder, or using potentially dangerous tools, such as a large power tool, these movements could easily lead to further harm.
In the case of a severe shock, the victim will likely need extensive medical treatment. The costs of this care can quickly skyrocket, leaving an injured worker and his or her loved ones facing a massive financial burden. The prospect of hospital visits, medication, rehabilitation, and lost income can be overwhelming, but if the incident was caused through the negligence of another party, the liable party may be responsible for these costs.
After an electrocution on the job, seeking compensation can be intimidating. The Texas electrocution lawyers of Adame Garza LLP understand that you’re facing a difficult situation, and we want to guide you through the process ahead with diligent care that will enable you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact us today to discuss the details of your situation.