Construction sites in California are inherently dangerous environments in which workers are exposed to many potential hazards, including electric shocks. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that electrocutions are one of the “fatal four” construction accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured by electrocution at a construction site, J&Y Law can help.
Our experienced electrical injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. We are keenly aware that electric shock injuries can be life-altering: many victims suffer extensive harm and experience lifelong complications. When you become our client, we will provide you with compassionate representation and dependable service.
At J&Y, we offer free consultations and will not charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you. Please contact our office today to speak with one of our construction accident attorneys.
Common Causes of an Electrocution at Construction Sites
A variety of conditions at construction sites can contribute to electrocutions, including the inherent danger of working with electrical utilities, power tools, and machinery. Moreover, OSHA reports that electrical injuries are typically the result of unsafe work practices, lack of training and defective equipment.
In particular, electrical accidents are frequently caused by:
- Defective wiring
- Improper installation of electrical components
- Defective electrical tools/equipment
- Ungrounded or exposed wiring
- High-voltage switch failures
- Improper contact with electrical outlets
- Cranes striking or knocking down high-voltage lines
- Excavation equipment digging up or making contact with underground electrical lines
It is worth noting that OSHA has issued numerous safety regulations and measures to prevent electrocutions at construction sites. As an example, OHSA mandates the use of protective gear by workers at risk of being exposed to electrical currents, such as insulated gloves, face and eye protection, sleeves, hoods, and rubber matting.
While OSHA issues citations for violations of safety standards and can penalize employers for improper insulation, maintenance of tools, and/or the failure to issue proper safety equipment, it takes an aggressive construction accident attorney to protect the rights of injured workers.
How J&Y Law Can Help With Your Electrical Injury Claim
When you become our client, our legal team will handle all the details of your electrical accident claim so that you can focus on recovering from your devastating injuries. Our electrical injury lawyers will:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine the cause
- Identifying all potentially responsible parties (e.g site owners, construction companies, contractors, subcontractors)
- Gather evidence to support your claim, including medical records
- Identify and interview witnesses
- Negotiate with the insurance company (and other potentially liable parties) to obtain just compensation for your losses
- File a lawsuit on your behalf against opposing parties that refuse make a fair settlement offer
Above all, J&Y Law will seek any and all compensation that may be available to you, such as:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disabilities
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you lost a loved one in an electrical accident, we will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for the loss of support and guidance the victim would have provided as well as for the cost of funeral and burial expenses. No amount of money can ever replace a life; however, we believe that you deserve justice and peace of mind.
Common Injuries That Result from Electrical Accidents on Construction Sites
The nature and severity of electrical injuries vary depending on the source, however, a strong electrocution or shock can be life-threatening or even fatal. Generally, electrical injuries can be classified as follows:
- Electrical contact injuries involve burns of varying degrees. First-degree burns only affect the first layer of skin and cause minor discomfort. Second-degree burns penetrate the outer layer of skin extending into the epidermis, typically causing blistering that may take a few weeks to heal. Third-degree burns can result in tissue and nerve damage and may require skin grafting. More serious burns can cause permanent motor damage or result in wrongful death.
- Secondary electrocution injuries occur when the extreme power of an electrical current blasts the victim several feet, which can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injury, concussion, spinal cord injuries, cuts, and abrasions.
- Internal electrical injuries occur when a current passes through an individual, which can lead to damage to internal organs that may not be immediately apparent, obvious, heart attacks and other internal damage.
After an electrical accident at a construction site, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention, even for minor injuries. A medical professional can help to monitor and treat your injuries and prevent you from suffering further trauma. The medical records of the doctors who treat you will also serve as important evidence in your injury claim. Ultimately, the best way to protect your rights and well-being after an electrical accident is to work with the legal team at J&Y.
Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Electrocution Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained an electrical injury at a construction site, turn to J&Y Law. Our personal injury lawyers will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.