Electrical Injuries on the Job
Published in Workers Compensation on February 17, 2020.
While any injury sustained on the job can be serious, electrical injuries are among the most painful and severe injuries that an employee can sustain. Further, while an electrical injury can occur in the course of nearly any kind of work, they are most common on construction sites, which are rife with heavy equipment, machinery, and an abundance of electrical lines. If you’ve sustained an electrical injury on the job, contact an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney today.
Electricity Is Singularly Hazardous
A job site can contain any number of hazards, but electricity is uniquely dangerous. You can’t see, hear, or smell electricity. In fact, if it isn’t in use and/or clearly and safely marked, there’s no way to detect electricity in your presence. This makes any accident involving electricity that much more dangerous from the outset – and that much more likely if strict safety protocols aren’t carefully adhered to. Electricity doesn’t make itself known until it’s already done its damage – and that damage is often life-threatening. Employers who fail to take all appropriate safety precautions related to electricity seriously endanger everyone who works for them.
Injuries Caused by Electricity
There are several kinds of injuries that are most closely associated with electricity, including:
- Serious Internal and/or External Burns – Burns are exceedingly painful injuries that are slow to heal and can lead to dangerous infections and can even be disfiguring. Further, internal burns can be far more serious than their external symptoms indicate, which can lead to dangerous delays in obtaining necessary treatment.
- Injuries Caused by Explosions – Electricity can contribute to an explosion when gas or chemical is inadvertently ignited. The resulting danger is difficult to overestimate but can include serious burns, head and brain trauma, cuts, and abrasions.
- Injuries Caused by Falls – Even a low-level shock from electricity can cause an employee to lose bodily control and be injured in a fall – or by the equipment that he or she is working with. This is especially true in the construction business, where employees often work from scaffolding, ladders, and other elevated surfaces. Falls can be extremely dangerous and often lead to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more.
The injuries caused by accidents involving electricity are uniquely hazardous and require immediate medical attention. Further, some electrical injuries don’t present with obvious external trauma, which can lead to even more dangerous complications. If you’ve been involved in an accident involving electricity, seek immediate medical attention.
If You’ve Been Injured by Electricity on the Job, You Need an Experienced Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side
Any accident involving electricity is a serious accident. The dedicated Macon workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law are committed to fighting for the compensation you need to make your fullest recovery. Our experienced legal team is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.