Philadelphia Electrocution Injury Lawyer
Electrocution and electrical injury accidents happen every day in Philadelphia. When you or a loved one have sustained an electrocution or electrical injury, you need the Lassen Law Firm to fight to get you the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.
In March 2017, the owner of a Pennsylvania painting company pleaded guilty to willfully violating federal workplace safety standards when one of his employees was electrocuted while painting near some power lines. The employee was killed when he was hit by electrical wires while working. During a previous job the employer had a power company sleeve the lines to protect the workers.
Unfortunately, cases of electrocution in the workplace are not rare. Electrocution and electric shock occurs when a person comes in direct contact with electrical current or energy source that result in the electricity flowing through the body. Electric shock injuries are burns. Low volts equal a little shock and body reflexes cause a person to pull away before the body sets a current. But at higher levels of voltage there can be internal damage to the heart, the brain or muscles. Each year there are approximately 1,000 people in the United States that are fatally injured due to electrical injuries. Work related accidents account for many of these deaths.
Symptoms of Electric Shock
One of the main symptoms of electrical shock is burns, but there can be other types of injuries caused by an electrical shock. In some cases there are no apparent skin injuries due to an electrical shock, but there can be other types of injuries. Electric shock burns are common and most severe at the point of contact. Cardiac arrest can occur when the path of the electrical shock travels through the body crossing the heart muscle. Heart arrhythmia can be an injury due to electrical shock. Other symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling, weakness, headaches, muscle pain or contraction, hearing impairment and seizures.
- Broken bones can also be an injury sustained due to the electrical shock or from being thrown after the shock.
- Deformity where the point of contact with the electric was.
- Respiratory failure.
A person suffering from any of the above symptoms should seek emergency medical help as soon as possible.
People that work in construction and restaurants are at a higher risk of being electrocuted. Having live electrical wires exposed, active outdoor power lines with metal, water and multiple electrical outlets like at construction sites or restaurants are a hazard that raises the risk of electrocution. But electrocution injuries can happen at home as well. Household electricity is in the form of 110 and 220 volts and can be a serious risk of electric shock or electrocution. Electric shock and electrocution is rare in children, with wall outlets posing the highest risk and account for 15 percent of child electricity injuries and electrocution.
Common Causes of Electric Shock
- Accidental contact with electrical sources that are exposed, such as appliances or wiring.
- Water coming in contact with electrical outlets on the floor and can often be found in commercial kitchens or industrial plants.
- Contact between metal and electricity, which can occur at construction sites, with metal ladders. It can also occur in industrial workplaces with machines or metal rails that are exposed to electric current.
- Contact with high voltage power lines that can occur in construction sites, home yards and car accidents.
- Contact with electrical arc flashes from power lines, which can occur at the construction site, the home yard or a car accident.
- Lightening is also a cause of an electric shock or electrocution to the human body.
If you lost a loved one due to an electrocution accident in the workplace, please call the Lassen Law Firm for help.