Workplace Accidents Involving Contact with Electrical Current
In 2010, 163 fatal occupational injuries resulted from contact with electric current. Those deaths resulted from contacts involving:
- Electric current
- Electric current of a machine, tool, appliance or light fixture
- Transformers, wiring, or other electrical components
- Overhead power lines
- Underground or buried power lines
Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In the U.S., about 1,000 people lose their lives in electrical accidents in a year’s time. That translates to more than 83 people per month nationwide. Among adults, electrocutions or injuries due to contact with electric current most often happen in an occupational setting. Electrical injuries are reported to be the fourth leading cause of occupational-related traumatic deaths. When children suffer electrical injuries, the injury is most likely to occur at home. In addition to contact with manmade electrical sources, individuals can suffer electrocution or severe injury as a result of a lightning strike.
In Naples, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, victims of electrical accidents have found the strong legal advocate they need in personal injury and wrongful death attorney Gregg Hollander. His Hollander Law Firm is a practice built on the commitment to deliver personal attention and exemplary legal representation to every client served. Based in the Boca Raton area, electrocution accident lawyer Gregg Hollander’s extensive experience in successful financial recovery for victims of electrical accidents, car accidents, medical malpractice claims, nursing home abuse and neglect, premises liability and many other accidents is well known.
According to experts in emergency medicine, electrical contact can produce a wide range of physical injuries. Electrothermal burns, both surface and deep tissue, and flash burns that may cover a large amount of the body’s surface can cause serious and painful damage requiring extensive medical treatment. Electrical injuries account for as much as 5% of admissions to U.S. burn units. Children may be involved in up to 3% of electrical burn-related visits to emergency rooms.
Assisting victims in Boca Raton and surrounding cities, electrocution accident attorney Gregg Hollander and his team at the Hollander Law Firm knows that workplace electrical accidents often can be traced to human error, or to an employer’s failure to maintain safe working conditions. Improperly maintained equipment, faulty wiring, and other hazards can cause severe injuries in a matter of moments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterizes electrical injuries as:
- Electrocution, which results in death
- Electric shock
- Falls caused by electrical contact
CDC research includes lengthy lists of potential workplace hazards that could contribute to the likelihood of electrical accidents. Exposed electrical wires, inadequate wiring, damaged tools or equipment, and ladders made of materials that conduct electricity are just a few examples. Also, the CDC points out that workplaces that may be relatively safe in dry weather can become electrical accident risk zones in wet conditions.
When you or someone you love has been the victim of an electrical accident, you need an attorney who isn’t afraid to stand up to big employers or to the powerful manufacturers of defective equipment. Residents of South Florida communities including Naples, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, put their trust in the Hollander Law Firm. Founded on Boca Raton electrocution accident lawyer Gregg Hollander’s dedication to approaching each client’s case as a personal one, the Hollander Law Firm is known for its compassionate and capable representation of accident victims.
Whether you’ve been harmed in an electrical accident, a motor vehicle accident, a boating accident, a medical malpractice event, or any other injury-causing circumstance, you’ll find the knowledge, attention and experience your situation demands at the Hollander Law Firm. Call and ask for your free, confidential consultation. We’ll sit down with you to learn about your injuries and discuss your options. At the Hollander Law Firm, we’re committed to protecting your rights. You pay us nothing unless we win for you.