Houston Electrocution Accident Lawyer
For many workers, electrocution is a very real hazard. Often, these accidents prove fatal to workers, and rank highly in number of workplace deaths per year. Electrocution can occur when a worker’s body or equipment touches live power, such as a powerline or any other high voltage equipment. It also occurs within the confines of your own home. On a construction site, however, someone else might be responsible for your injuries. In the legal world, this is negligence.
At Reich & Binstock, we prioritize the needs of our clients, and refuse to accept payment unless you receive just compensation. Electrocution accidents, due to their extreme nature, often prove fatal, or severely injurious, at the very least. If you or a loved one suffered from an electrocution accident in Houston, we’re here for you. You deserve compensation for your suffering. Call 713-622-7271 today for a free case evaluation, and to explore your options with an experienced Houston electrocution accident lawyer.
Workplace Electrocution Accidents
Let’s face it. Our world today is full of wires and electricity. So many of the services we enjoy in our daily lives depend on it. However, with greater electricity comes greater risk. At any given time, someone is probably working with wires in some capacity. Some jobs, more than others, pose much greater risks of having an electrocution accident. Below, we outline some common occupations which have a high rate of electrical injuries:
- Construction workers
- Power line repair men and technicians
- Telephone pole installers and repairers
- Tree trimmers
- Facility maintenance crews
- Machine technicians
- Roof repairmen
No matter the occupation, a worker’s employer is responsible for the safety of the work environment, as well as the maintenance of it. Your employer, in the event of their negligence, is responsible for your injuries and damages.
Common Electrocution Accident Injuries
Some electric shock injuries are mild. The most extreme injuries, however, are life-threatening, or even deadly. The severity of an injury depends on many factors, including voltage, how long the exposure lasted, the age of the victim, the health of the victim, the environment, and how quickly the victim received medical treatment. Below, we outline common electric shock injuries, both mild and severe/
- Muscle contractions and pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Neurological damage
- Loss of limbs
- Tissue damage
Common Forms of Employer Negligence That Can Lead to Electrocution
OSHA maintains that employers must follow strict federal safety guidelines in order to provide a safe workplace for their employees. According to their electrocution accident data, the below factors contribute to most electrical accidents.
- An employer did not enforce or implement safe practices.
- The work environment itself is dangerous.
- Equipment was not installed properly, or is unsafe.
- An employer did not train their employees properly.
- The employer did not provide proper, working safety equipment.
- Equipment related to the job lacked the proper maintenance.
- An employer did not follow OSHA workplace guidelines.
If your employer puts you in danger in any way, shape, or form, their organization is liable for your injuries and damages. Negligence is serious, and our electrocution accident attorneys at Reich & Binstock stay up to date on all the ins and outs of these laws.
Private Property Electrocution Accidents
Just as an employer must maintain a safe work environment for their employees, private property owners must provide safe spaces for visitors, guests, and customers. If an electrocution accident occurs due to an unsafe environment, the property owner is liable for damages. These accidents also fall under premises liability. Due to the specific nature of private property accidents, we recommend that you consult with an experienced electrocution accident lawyer to determine whether or not you qualify to file a lawsuit.
Defective Product Electrocution Accidents
Sometimes, consumer products are subject to malfunction. Severe malfunctions may result in the electrocution of the user. Power tools, kitchen appliances, bathroom products, and more pose a risk of electric shock. If a manufacturer designs a faulty product or fails to label their product with a proper warning label, the manufacturer is liable for any electrocution injuries that individual may suffer.
Common electrocution accidents from defective products come from large and small kitchen appliances. In most cases, the manufacturer is responsible for the injuries. However, an employer who gives a defective product to their employee is responsible for that employee’s injuries. If you or a loved one suffered as a result of a defective product, you can file on behalf of you or your loved one.
When Electrocution Causes Death
In the United States, hundreds of electrocution accident-related deaths happen every year. Almost every day, at least one person dies due to a workplace electrical accident. Even more people suffer injuries from electrocution accidents. Around 4,000 of those people sustain disabling injuries. In the event of a family member or loved one’s death due to an electrocution accident that resulted from negligence, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. At Reich & Binstock, we understand how hard this process is emotionally, so we’re here to walk you through it step by step.
Compensation for Electrocution Victims
Electrocution accident victims deserve compensation for their injuries and damages. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney in Houston, you can seek damages for the following.
- Present and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future lost wages
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Emotional pain
- Court costs
In the event that your loved one passes away, you can sue for funeral costs, burial expenses, and a loss of financial support. A wrongful death suit serves as a way for surviving family members to hold any and all negligent parties accountable for the loss of their loved one.
Call Reich & Binstock Today
At least one electrocution accident or death happens every day. Treatments for these injuries are expensive, and the loss of a loved one is incalculable. In some cases, victims might not be able to return to their life before the incident. If you or a loved one are in need of a Houston electrocution accident attorney who will fight aggressively for compensation, Reich & Binstock Law Firm is here for you. Call our office today at 713-622-7271 for a free case evaluation, or visit our website.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.