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Every year, workers of many different industries are exposed to the hazard of electric shock. While most common among construction, installation and maintenance workers and service workers, any employee who works with or near electric current is at risk of being electrocuted. Depending upon the circumstances, electric shock can lead to serious injury and death.
If you or a loved one have been electrocuted on the job, it is likely that you have incurred significant medical expenses and had your ability to earn income reduced or removed entirely. However, you may be entitled to compensation to cover these costs and help you and your family move forward. At Dan Chapman & Associates, our work injury attorneys can help you maximize a workers’ compensation claim and determine if you are eligible to file a work injury lawsuit. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
How Can Workers Be Electrocuted?
Workers can be electrocuted by both direct and indirect contact with electricity. Direct exposure to electricity is defined as direct contact with a power source, such as coming into contact with an electrical arc or touching a live electrical wire.
Indirect exposure to electricity covers injuries that result from coming into contact with a material that is unintentionally conducting electricity, such as standing in water that is conducting electricity or carrying a ladder that makes contact with a utility line. This type of electrocution can also occur from the use of defective power tools or machinery or the use of hand tools on electrified objects.
Unfortunately, many electrocution incidents have a serious impact on victims’ lives. In fact, nearly 30 percent of non-fatal work electrocution injuries result in 31 days or more of missed work.
Compensation in Electrocution Cases
The way that you are compensated for your on-the-job injury depends upon the circumstances of your injury, and whether or how workers’ compensation insurance applies. Workers’ compensation insurance generally covers the medical bills associated with your injury and part of your lost wages from your injury. If you are unable to return to work, or to a position that pays as well as before, or if your medical expenses are more than short-term, you could be entitled to additional compensation.
If you receive less than total coverage in your settlement for your injury, you and your family could be left covering medical bills in the future. Should your injuries also negatively impact your ability to earn the same amount as before, compensation could be available to you to cover the change in your income from the time of your injury through your working life. You can only collect damages that you can prove with evidence, and measuring your long-term medical costs and changes in income requires follow-ups from experts. Your work injury lawyer schedules these appointments for you, collects all the evidence you need, and presents the best case possible to ensure you recover the full amount you are entitled to.
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