Workers’ Compensation for Electric Shock Injuries
When people come in contact with electrical energy, they may suffer an electric shock or an electrocution. Whereas children are primarily injured in the household, adult electrical injuries usually occur at work.
Electricians, as well as those in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality industries, are most at risk for electric shock injuries. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. proudly represent all types of workers throughout Pennsylvania, and can help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
Electric Shock Injuries
Depending on the voltage, current, and other factors, an electric shock can cause injuries ranging from burns to cardiac arrest. The American Burn Association estimates that 4,400 people in the U.S. are injured in electrical accidents each year.
Some common electric shock injuries include:
- Burns: This is the most common type of injury caused by electric shock. Electrical burns may cause minor surface damage; however, they usually result in more serious subdermal damage to the tissues beneath.
- Cardiac arrest: Electric shock may cause cardiac arrest, a sudden stopping of the heart. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, cessation of breathing, and sudden collapse.
- Electrocution: This refers to any injury or death caused by exposure to electricity. Exposure to high voltage increases the likelihood of electrocution. However, under certain circumstances, even small voltages can prove fatal.
- Neurological damage/nerve damage: The nervous system may be affected by an electric shock. Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in a part of the body.
- Organ damage: When an electrical current passes through the body, it may burn not only the skin, but also internal organs. The severity of those burns depends on various factors, including the voltage and duration of exposure.
- Respiratory injuries: The muscles necessary for breathing may become paralyzed due to an electric shock. This can lead to respiratory arrest, paralysis, or long-term cardiac problems.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): An electric shock can cause a TBI. Symptoms may include weakness, impaired coordination, and slurred speech.
What to Do After an Electric Shock Accident at Work
If you suffer an electric shock at work, first seek medical attention. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, you must report your injuries to your employer within 120 days to remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Be sure to include details pertaining to the workplace accident, including how the accident occurred and what injuries you sustained. Keep a record of all doctors’ visits, days missed from work, and out-of-pocket costs, as these may be compensable by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
Workers’ Compensation for Electric Shock Injuries
The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are here to help you through the process of obtaining compensation for your workplace electric shock injuries.
Various workers’ compensation benefits may be available, including:
- Compensation for medical treatments, surgeries, and prescriptions
- Wage loss benefits, including temporary total, temporary partial, permanent total, and permanent partial disability
- Vocational rehabilitation, including retraining and placement services
- Specific loss benefits for qualifying injuries, such as facial disfigurement and amputations
- Death benefits for families of workers who died as a result of their electric shock injuries
If your injury was caused by a third-party (someone other than your employer), you may be able to collect additional forms of compensation in a third-party claim.
An example of a negligent third-party who may be held liable for your electric shock injuries is an equipment manufacturer; if you suffered an electric shock due to a defective piece of equipment, the manufacturer of that equipment may be legally responsible for certain damages, such as pain and suffering.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Recover for Electric Shock Injuries
If you were injured in an electric shock accident at work, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can explain all your legal options and help you to obtain maximum compensation for your workplace injury. For a free consultation, please call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
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