Electrocution accidents are among the most serious work-related incidents. Workers who suffer electrocution on the job may face long-term:
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Cardiovascular damage
- Severe burns
- Respiratory damage
- Damage to the central nervous system
Electrocution can be life-changing for workers and their families. It’s also the fifth leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States.
Have you been seriously injured in an electrocution accident? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your medical expenses, lost wages, and disability. You do not need to fight the insurance company alone. Work Injury Rights is here to help with decades of experience representing injured workers in Florida.
What Causes Electrocution Accidents in Florida?
OSHA has clear regulations that employers must follow to protect employees around electricity. This includes prohibiting work in environments that may expose workers to a power circuit, informing employees of underground or hidden power lines, and guarding live electrical equipment. However, even workplaces that are compliant with OSHA standards can be dangerous and electrocution may still occur.
Employees who work directly with electricity, including construction workers, utility workers, and electricians, are at the highest risk of suffering an electrocution injury. On-the-job electrocution can happen in many ways including:
- Damaged or downed power lines
- Exposed live wires or electrical wiring defects
- Damaged or overloaded circuits
- Defective machinery
- Ladder or construction equipment such as a crane coming in contact with exposed wire or a power line
Workers’ Compensation for Electrocution Accidents
While some electrocution injuries are minor, electrocution can result in serious and life-threatening injuries. The effects of electrocution can be long-term and permanent. When you suffer electrocution on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. There are many types of workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers including payment for lost wages, medical expenses, and training if you are unable to return to your job.
To receive workers’ compensation benefits after your accident, it’s important to file your claim quickly. There are many time limits under workers’ compensation and your injury must be reported promptly to your employer. The next step is for your employer and the insurance carrier to refer you to a physician of their choosing.
Unfortunately, many injured workers in Florida face an uphill battle receiving the benefits they are entitled to under workers’ compensation law. The system favors your employer and the insurance company, allowing them to choose the physician who will determine how severely you are injured and when/if you are able to return to work.
When you are facing serious electrocution injuries, it’s important to have a legal advocate on your side to help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. Do not accept the first settlement offer you receive from the insurance carrier or allow a denied or undervalued claim to discourage you. At Work Injury Rights, we have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured workers.
Contact Our Work Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you have been seriously hurt in an electrocution accident on the job, our Work Injury lawyers are here to fight for you. We will help you file your claim, build evidence showing the extent of your injuries, and fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive through workers’ compensation. You focus on your recovery; we will focus on the insurance company.
Contact Work Injury Rights today to schedule a free case review with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer to explore your legal options and take the next steps toward the benefits you deserve.