Electricity makes modern life possible, but sometimes we forget just how powerful a force it is. While it powers our appliances, runs our personal devices, and now even moves some of our cars, electricity is also capable of causing tremendous damage. Used carelessly, it can kill almost instantly.
In fact, reliable sources estimate that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by electrical accidents each year, with the number of injuries much higher: At least 30,000 non-fatal shock injuries are reported annually.
Serious Burn Potential and Cardiac Arrest Danger
When a person receives an electrical shock, they can suffer different kinds of injuries ranging from none at all to major burns and internal damage. Burns are often the most obvious type of injury, caused where electricity enters and leaves the body.
These burns can vary in severity, depending on the circumstances of the electrocution. Higher voltage or current, for instance, can cause more severe burns, but burns can also be affected by other factors, such as the length of contact time and what path the current took through the victim’s body.
Unfortunately, many serious electrical burns are internal and can’t be easily seen after an electrocution incident. These burns need to be treated as much as the external ones, and when the burns are serious enough, there is the risk of organ failure and amputation.
At the time of an electrical shock, there is always the risk that the victim’s heart will stop, or else suddenly suffer an erratic arrhythmia. CPR or the use of a defibrillator may help the victim in this case.
Fall Damage Also Likely
But one of the top injury types from electrocution is actually falling. After a shock, many victims will temporarily lose control of their muscles—or even be thrown back (not by the electricity itself, but by the sudden effect on their muscles). Victims can be seriously injured or even killed in a fall after an electrical shock, even when the shock itself is not serious.
There are many risks in the workplace, but electrocution consistently kills about three workers each week. Dozens more are seriously injured.
While workers compensation insurance can help cover the harm caused in many on-the-job incidents, including electrocution, there are many situations where a worker’s injury was caused by the negligence of a property owner, employer, or other party who had a duty to protect the worker in that situation.
In these cases, the injured worker may be much better off pursuing a personal injury claim. That’s why, after a workplace injury, you should immediately discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney to determine which course of action to take.
Detroit Electrocution Lawyer
At Christensen Law, our team has helped many victims of workplace accidents, including those injured by electrocution. Give us a call today at 248-213-4900 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. The call and the consultation are free and there is no obligation to continue, so you have nothing to lose.