Electrocutions and burns cause thousands of injuries in New York every year. Also referred to as electric shock, electrical injuries occur when a person makes contact with a live source of electricity either directly or through an object that conducts electricity such as a ladder or a power tool or an appliance. Exposure to hot electrical wires can cause severe burns, damage to the nervous system or heart or other unwanted symptoms. The damaged sustained depends on the amount and type of electrical current and the way that it travels thru the individual’s body.
Victims and families of electrocution accidents may be entitled to significant compensation for these injuries, especially when they are caused by negligence.
For adults, most electric shock incidents occur at work, although they can also happen at home. Electrocution is a serious occupational hazard for people working in construction sites, office buildings and commercial facilities such as restaurants. A variety of items can contribute to electrocution injuries including: workers who encounter the presence of live and exposed electricity located near metal equipment or water.
Causes of electric shock include, but are not limited to:
Accidental contact with exposed electrical sources, such as an appliance or wiring
Unintentional or accidental contact with high-voltage power lines, as often occurs at construction sites or in the workplace.
Temporary wiring or improper maintenance
Standing in water while using an electrical outlet, as in unsafe commercial kitchen or industrial plant environment
Accidental contact between metal and electricity, such as a ladder, machine or metal rail at a construction site
Electrical arc flashes from power lines
Defective, faulty or exposed wiring
Construction workers, homeowners, tenants and employees are all vulnerable to the dangers of exposed or faulty wiring.
Electrical Shock Symptoms include but are not limited to:
Injury to the spine or other internal injuries if a person has been literally thrown by the current.
Numbness or tingling
Muscle pain or contraction
Whenever a person has received a high-voltage shock, medical attention should be sought immediately. The speed and quality of medical resuscitation saves lives.
You may have the right to receive compensation for injuries which are sustained as the result of suffering from an electrical shock!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an electrical accident in New York we can help.
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