Springfield Electrical Accident Attorney and Electrocution Burn Injury Lawyer.
From unguarded live wires to power lines being left on to mislabeled electrical line maps, there are many ways that a person can be injured in a serious electrical accident. Regardless of the cause of an accident, electrocutions are serious and may require extensive, long-term medical attention. Electrical burns can cause scarring and disfigurement, resulting in the need for costly pain medications and reconstructive surgeries. In severe cases, electrocutions can lead to amputations and death.
As electrical accident lawyers, we are committed to getting injured clients the compensation they need and deserve, and to securing full damages for the families who have lost a loved one in an electrocution accident.
We understand that electrocution victims suffer both physical and emotional pain. Extensive damage to the skin may reduce mobility in the fingers, arms, or other parts of the body. In severe cases, electrical fires burns can cause significant facial damage.
We assist our clients with more than collecting compensation. If you need a psychologist, physical therapist, or assistance at home, we can help by offering guidance regarding qualified professionals.
You Can Get the Legal Representation You Deserve Without Paying Any Upfront Fees!
After suffering from a severe electrical accident injury, the last thing victims should be worried about is how to afford quality legal representation. At Alekman DiTusa, we represent those suffering from burn and electric-shock injuries related to electrocutions on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only get paid if we are successful in collecting on our client’s behalf.
We also advance court expenses, such as filing fees, medical record costs, and expert witness expenses, while a lawsuit is ongoing. Typically, all litigation expenses are reimbursed through a settlement or trial award. Therefore, it is possible to secure thorough and tenacious legal representation without having to worrying about a hefty, upfront bill or retainer.
Call today to schedule a free consultation.
We proudly serve residents of Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Northampton, and throughout Massachusetts.
What Are the Main Types of Electrical Accidents?
It does not take much exposure to an electrical current to cause significant injuries. Even a second of contact with a voltage of 50 AC or 120 DC can be enough. There are three main types of electrical accidents:
- Electric Shock. The human body is made up of mostly water, which makes it a great conductor of electricity. Electric shock occurs when an individual puts a hand, foot, arm, or another extremity across an electrical current. Mild and moderate shock typically causes tingling sensations or muscle contractions, but severe shock can have serious consequences, such as respiratory or heart failure.
- Electrical Burn. An electrical shock can singe tissue, resulting in both internal and external burns.When electrical currents travel through the bones or deep tissues in the body, internal burns can result.
- Electrical Fires. Fires involving electricity usually happen when a current ignites flammable materials. Compared to traditional blazes, electrical fires can be much more dangerous, as the use of water to extinguish the flames increases the risk of a person being shocked.
Those who survive an electrical accident can face catastrophic injuries that have lifelong ramifications. Burns commonly result, which can lead to muscle, nerve, tissue damage, and even amputations. In situations involving high-voltage, electricity can travel through the body, causing cardiac arrest, organ damage, the loss of limbs, internal bleeding, or even death. In many cases, the electrocution results in an individual being knocked down from an elevated surface, causing secondary injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, contusions, and head trauma.
What Types of Workers are Often Injured in Electrical Accidents?
Many electrical and burn injuries are sustained by workers in heavy industrial and construction jobs. Exposed wires, live buried electrical cables, and powerlines are substantial hazards for laborers. Our Massachusetts electrocution injury lawyers are available to represent those injured in industrial jobs, including:
- Cable Providers
- Tree Trimmers
- Crane Operators
- Construction Workers
- Power Line Workers
Though many electrocutions and electrical burns occur at industrial sites, many accidents can happen at home. We also handle cases involving injuries caused by:
- Kitchen Fires
- Faulty or Old Wiring (including wires that are not insulated or grounded properly)
- Defective Electronics
- Gas Tank Explosions
- Leaking Roofs (that allow water to reach electrical components in walls)
- Loose Connectors
- Electrical Cord Under Carpeting
- Flammable Materials Left by Exposed Electrical Wiring
- Lack of Safety Devices (such as power strips or three-pronged outlets)
If someone else (another person or entity) was partly or entirely responsive for your injuries, we can work diligently to obtain the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Can I Sue for an Electrical Accident or Electrocution at Work?
It depends upon whether your employer is solely liable, or whether another party is to blame.
In many electrocution instances, construction workers and others may be working on a project of an owner at the time the electrocution takes place. In Massachusetts, typically a worker can only seek benefits from his or her employer under workers’ compensation laws.
However, in these same cases, often the property owner, an equipment manufacturer, a municipality, or even another contractor will have legal liability for the injury. In these cases, workers’ compensation statutes do not prevent a worker from suing any of these other parties in court (and often, multiple parties will share liability).
Importantly, these lawsuits against “non-employer” parties are not limited by any dollar amount, and (unlike workers’ compensation), the injured employee is entitled to pain and suffering damages. As a result, the compensation that may be recovered against one or more third parties can be significantly more than the benefits received under workers’ compensation laws.
As a result, if you or a family member was injured in an electrocution incident at work, please call us. We can investigate the incident to determine all those parties who we believe are legally responsible for the injuries so that appropriate compensation can be sought from all of them.
Can I Sue If My Family Member Died in an Electrocution Accident?
When someone is killed in an electrocution accident, surviving family members can sue for damages by filing a Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuit. Damages can include funeral and burial costs, lost current and future income, pain and suffering, medical bills of the decedent, and other expenses.
If your family member was killed in an electrical accident, call our office to learn about your legal rights for holding accountable those responsible for injury or death, as well as the types of compensation to which you may be entitled.
Contact Alekman DiTusa to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation.
If you have been injured in an electrical accident and suffered grave injuries, or a family member died as a result of a tragic electrocution, we can help to seek the level of compensation that may be due under the law. Call today at (413) 781-0000 or contact us through this website to schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about your legal options. As always, you will not pay a fee unless compensation is recovered.
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