Electricity plays a fundamental role in our everyday personal and professional lives. It is essential to powering our home appliances, transportation, air conditioning, and other things that provide us comfort, convenience, and safety. But as far too many Houston residents have learned through personal experience, electricity can also be very dangerous.Electrocution Risk in the Workplace
Even though it is not the leading cause of workplace injuries, electrocution injuries are very dangerous. In some cases, they can be fatal. Although professional electricians and construction crews working with or near power lines are most susceptible experience electrocution, chemical and manufacturing plant workers often face electrocution risks. These individuals can suffer workplace burns because of defective machinery or faulty wires.
Faulty wiring or exposed wiring and any exposure of power lines, above and below ground, are the most common forms of electrocutions. Electrocution injuries can lead to tissue damage and vital organ damages including heart damage, kidney damage, lung damage, nervous system damage, and internal burns and skin damage. These types of burns are very painful and will require long recoveries. The rehabilitation and medical treatment will cost time and money.
Other Serious Risks From Faulty or Poorly Maintained Electrical Utilities
Electrocution is very dangerous to the person physically affected by electric shock. But this is not the only workplace risk posed by electricity. It is also the cause of 140,000 fires each year resulting in deaths, injuries, property damage, and other economic losses. These types of dangers can also affect those other than the person suffering electrocution injuries. Their families are impacted, and anyone watching someone be electrocuted can also suffer serious psychological or emotional damage.
Seek Restitution for Workplace Electrocution
Being exposed to an electrical current while working with live wires is a high-risk activity. There is a certain amount of reasonable care that needs to be taken to safely mitigate injuries and the other serious risks associated with electrical wiring in the workplace. Still, if you or your loved one has been permanently affected by an electrocution, you could be eligible to for compensation to cover future expenses. Damage awards can be even higher if your employer’s negligence contributed to your injuries. Victims are frequently entitled to significant compensation covering pain and suffering, loss of work, and loss of enjoyment of life, being able to live your life as you did before the accident.
Negligence on the part of another person or commercial company that causes an injury or loss of life is both a breach of trust and a violation of civil laws. But the burden of proof for at-fault behavior can be difficult. Let our skilled legal professions help you recover compensation from the person or company that caused you harm. Williams Hart & Boundas has been helping community members throughout Houston community since 1983. During our long history, we have helped over 100,000 clients receive just compensation for property damage, injuries, and losses from accidents caused by the recklessness and negligence of others.
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