Recovering Maximum Compensation for Injured Victims of Electrical Accidents

Aggressive Representation for Pennsylvania Workers

Electrical accidents are most common in the construction industry, although they can occur at any job site. Electrical hazards cause more than 4,000 injuries and 300 deaths in United States workplaces each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi).

The legal team at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have represented all types of workers injured in electrical accidents, including:

OSHA Regulations

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most electrical accidents occur due to unsafe equipment or installation, unsafe work environment, or unsafe work practices. These types of workplace accidents can be prevented by complying with OSHA standards regarding using safe equipment and circuit protection devices, guarding and grounding, and exercising safe work practices.

Safe Equipment and Circuit Protection Devices

OSHA requires workplace electrical conductors and equipment to be tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. The equipment’s load capacity should not be exceeded, and all electrical work should be performed by a qualified electrician. Circuit protection devices should be implemented in high-risk areas, to limit or stop the flow of dangerous currents.

Guarding and Grounding

Employers should engage in guarding and grounding of all electrical equipment. Enclosing exposed electrical parts and making high voltage equipment accessible only to authorized workers are essential elements of effective guarding practices. Grounding involves creating a low-resistance path to the earth, to prevent workers from built up voltages or dangerous currents from faulty equipment.

Safe Work Practices

Lockout/tagout is a method of controlling hazardous energies, by disabling machinery or equipment during service or maintenance activities. It is commonly listed as one of OSHA’s top ten most frequently cited standards and is the cause of an estimated 120 deaths and 50,000 injuries annually.

Many electrical accidents can be prevented by performing lockout/tagout procedures, as well as other safe work practices, such as properly maintaining electrical tools and using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Types of Electrical Injuries:

Electrical injuries range in severity and cause workers to miss an average of 13 days of work. Types of electrical injuries include:

  • Electrical/arc burns: These types of burns can cause tissue damage, loss of limbs, or death.
  • Internal injuries: This type of injury can cause tissue damage, internal bleeding, nerve and muscle damage, irregular heartbeat, or cardiac arrest.
  • Involuntary muscle contractions: Electrical shock can cause damage to muscles and ligaments, often causing workers to fall and suffer further injury.
  • Scarring/disfigurement: Electrical burns may cause varying degrees of scarring and disfigurement, requiring reconstructive surgery.
  • Electrocution: When an electric shock causes death, it constitutes an electrocution, the second leading cause of death on construction sites.

Third-Party Claims

Workers who were injured by a party other than their employer may pursue a third-party claim. Third-party claims are common in the construction industry when contractors negligently install wiring, or employees are injured by defective equipment.

In Pennsylvania, third-party claims for personal injury, premises liability, or product liability may be filed in conjunction with workers’ compensation claims. Injured workers may wish to do so in order to recover additional damages, such as pain and suffering, which are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Workers Injured in Electrical Accidents

If you were injured in an electrical accident at work, contact a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We have over 35 years of experience representing injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.

Our legal team provides skilled representation to those residing in and around Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala CynwydBensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester and Wynnewood.

Testimonials

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Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.

Donna Elmwood

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Donna Elmwood

Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.

“Guided Me Every Step of the Way”

One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates
Melinda Matson
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Melinda Matson
One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates

“Prompt Responses”

Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.

Michele Leap

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Michele Leap

Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.

“Very Knowledgeable”

Excellent, efficient service!!! Very knowledgeable staff!! Highly recommend

Sal Vito

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2019-01-24T15:27:15+00:00

Sal Vito

Excellent, efficient service!!! Very knowledgeable staff!! Highly recommend

“I am 110% Happy”

Larry Pitt's team is very professional. I am 110% happy with the outcome of mt case.

 

Melissa Yonkers

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2019-01-18T13:32:01+00:00

Melissa Yonkers

Larry Pitt's team is very professional. I am 110% happy with the outcome of mt case.  

“Very Professional”

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

Anna Diaz

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2019-01-15T14:51:34+00:00

Anna Diaz

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

“They Go Above and Beyond”

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

Terri Delaney

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2018-12-10T13:17:05+00:00

Terri Delaney

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

Ryan Hoffman

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2018-11-16T18:57:03+00:00

Ryan Hoffman

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work.

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

D.R., client

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2018-11-16T16:12:21+00:00

D.R., client

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

“Thank you for being so professional..”

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

Annette P. Walls

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Annette P. Walls

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"
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