Electrical Accidents occur within the generation and transmission of high-voltage electrical current that is dangerous and often deadly. Utilities are legally bound and liable to protect the public and it workers with the highest safety standards.
Public utilities, contractors and utility customers who operate their own high-voltage systems may all be liable for electrocutions and electric shock injuries.
Electrical Accidents can also occur in the home and destroy thousands of residential homes a year.
There are three main types of electrical accidents:
- Electric shock: occurs when an extremity such as a finger, hand, or arm is placed across an electric current. The body is a good conductor of electricity because it is made up of mostly water. Electric shock can be mild, moderate, or severe. A mild electric shock leaves a slight tingling sensation. Moderate electric shock causes the muscles to contract and it may be difficult to pull away from the electric current. Severe electric shock causes respiratory or heart failure.
- Electrical burn: occurs when severe electric shock causes tissue to burn. Electrical burns can be external or internal. Internal burns occur when the electric current takes a path through bone and burns deep tissue.
- Electrical fires: occur when electric current ignites flammable materials. Electrical fires are extremely dangerous because putting them out with water may expose a person to a higher risk of electric shock.
Electrical accidents can occur due to a number of factors, including:
- Old wiring
- Electric cords that run under carpeting
- Flammable materials left near exposed electrical wiring in the workplace
- Loose connectors
- Poor wiring: substandard wiring can lead to electrical fires and electric shock
- Lack of preventive devices such as ground fault circuit interrupters (a device that monitors and shuts off electric current in the event that the flow fluctuates), three-pronged outlets, and polarized plugs
If you or a relative has been injured or died as a result of an electrical accident, you may be entitled to just compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical costs, lost income and future earnings.