New York Electrocution Accident Attorneys
Our electrocution accident attorneys know that there are certain jobs on a construction site that are consistently the cause of more fatalities among workers than any other tasks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls these the “fatal four.” These four causes of fatal injuries account for over half of all construction worker deaths in an average year. Electrocutions are consistently among the fatal four. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that electrocutions accounted for over seven percent of all fatalities among construction workers in 2017, in addition to hundreds more serious but nonfatal injuries.
Seasoned legal help with filing a claim for damages after an electrocution injury in New York
Electrocution can cause lifelong nerve damage, pulmonary injuries, and disfiguring burns. Victims of electrical accidents often need costly medical care for weeks or months after their initial injury. If you’ve been a victim of an on-the-job electrical injury, find out if you have a right to compensation by contacting the Hudson Valley construction accident lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a consultation on your potential claim for damages.
Common causes of Hudson Valley workplace electrocution accidents
There are many New York State and federal regulations intended to protect workers from injury caused by electricity. Unfortunately, many employers never provide their workers with the full protections from electrocution injuries that they’re owed under the law, including training and equipment that could save their lives. Common sources of electrical injuries include:
- Large electrical equipment that is not properly grounded: Grounding equipment offers a safeguard for workers from stray currents of electricity by directing those currents into the ground rather than allowing them to be passed into workers. Workers can suffer preventable electrocution injuries when equipment isn’t properly grounded or ground-fault protection is not used.
- Lack of safety equipment: Workers who are not provided with critical safety equipment, such as insulated gloves, may suffer unnecessary injuries from electrical accidents.
- Contact with power lines: Workers are often injured by making contact with unmarked live wires, underground electrical wires, or when cranes make contact with overhead power lines and injure those working below.
- Overloading: Workers can suffer electrocution injuries when 1) an electrical outlet is overloaded with too many extension cords, 2) the equipment plugged into those extension cords exerts too high a power demand, or 3) extension cords are run through an area with heavy foot traffic.
What types of injuries are common after electrocution accidents?
When employees are hurt in electrocution accidents, they can suffer:
- Damage to peripheral nerves or the nervous system
- Electrical burns
- Damage to the lungs
- Cardiac injuries
- Neurological damage
- Wrongful death
Get Help after an Electrical Burn in Kingston or Marlboro
Get seasoned legal help with your New York electrocution accident claim by contacting the knowledgeable, seasoned and effective Hudson Valley personal injury lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a free consultation in Marlboro at 845-236-4411, and in Kingston at 845-331-4100.