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Pursue the Compensation You Deserve with an Electrical Accident Attorney

The effects of electrical accidents can be devastating and lead to severe burns, paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, or even death. In many cases, accidents involving electricity can be traced back to unsafe equipment, an unsafe environment, or unsafe work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines in place intended to prevent the occurrence of such accidents. However, when an employer or coworker acts irresponsibly, incidents can still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, an electrical accident attorney at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC in Richmond, VA, can help you collect the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling (800) 884-9507 or contacting our office online

A man lies on the ground next to an electrical wire
Electrical accidents can often be the result of unsafe conditions or materials.

Understanding Electrical Accidents

While electrical shocks, burns, or electrocutions can happen to anyone, the majority of electrical accidents occur in the workplace, especially on construction sites. In fact, electrocution is one of the four most common construction accidents and results in a large percentage of construction-related deaths. One of the main reasons electrical accidents can have such severe consequences is that the human body conducts electricity well. This means electrical current can pass throughout the body quickly and cause substantial damage. There are three ways electricity can cause damage:

  1. Thermal burns
  2. Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction
  3. Cardiac arrest 

While some electrical burns may look minor, the internal damage can still be significant and have serious, life-long health impacts. Many victims of electrical burns face ongoing medical costs in addition to the initial expenses. With the support of a dedicated workers' compensation attorney, you can seek compensation that will cover long-term medical expenses and alterations to your home and lifestyle, as well as for lost wages and pain and suffering. 

Determining Liability

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are five main events that lead to electrical accidents and fatalities:

  • Direct worker contact with an energized powerline
  • Direct worker contact with energized equipment
  • Boomed vehicle contact with an energized powerline
  • Improperly installed or damaged equipment
  • Conductive equipment contact with an energized powerline

Many of these instances can be avoided with proper training and safety protocols. When employers or employees do not act responsibility, accidents can result.

Workers’ compensation covers all employees injured in a work-related accident, even if the employee’s own actions led to the incident.

If you were involved in an electrical accident, our workplace injury attorneys can assess the site of the incident and determine whether your injuries are the result of negligence. Some examples of negligence include lack of proper training or failure to follow correct safety protocols.

Seeking Compensation

Workers’ compensation covers all employees injured in a work-related accident, even if the employee’s own actions led to the incident. The only exception is when an employee's mental state was altered by drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. If you are a non-employee who was injured on a construction site due to contractor negligence, your case may fall under the heading of a personal injury suit. Our team can help you collect in both types of cases. 

Protecting Your Rights

If you are being denied the coverage you deserve, the team at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC can help you build a strong case and represent your best interests. We can assist in a wide variety of workplace injury, workers' compensation, and personal injury cases. To find out if we can help you, contact our office online or call (800) 884-9507 to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation today.

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