“I was electrocuted yesterday, and it was so fun!” said no one ever. This phrase is something you are never going to hear unless you are talking to Magneto. Electrocution is death or serious injury caused by a powerful electrical shock. In a severe electrocution accident, a person whose body sustained a powerful electrical shock may not survive.
As we are literally surrounded by numerous electrical appliances and equipment, wires and cords, electrical devices and power lines, the risk of being shocked or electrocuted is higher than ever before. This is evident from the statistics, which show that nonfatal electrocution injuries are rising each year. Unfortunately, the same can be said about fatalities caused by electrical shock.
Electrocution accidents caused by negligence or carelessness
“In a nutshell, electrocution occurs when a person is exposed to a high-voltage electrical source,” explains our Philadelphia electrocution accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. In many cases, a person sustains a powerful electrical shock when his or her body comes in contact with a power line or high-powered equipment that was not properly grounded.
Each year, there are thousands of reports of Americans getting electrocuted due to large and small appliances, ladders, overhead power lines, cracked or worn plugs, and many other electrical equipment and devices.
Interestingly, construction workers are more likely to die in electrocution-related accidents, because, the vast majority of all fatal electrical injuries (about 54 percent) occur in the construction industry, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International, which makes it the third leading cause of death among construction workers, after falls from heights and being struck by falling objects.
Regardless of whether you are a construction worker or office worker, being electrocuted or suffering injury in an electrical accident can make you incapable to work and earn a living for months or years to come. Our electrocution accident attorney in Philadelphia says that you may be able to seek compensation for your lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and other damages and losses if the electrical accident was caused due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
What happens after an electrocution accident
Many electrocution survivors require life-long medical treatment in order to stay alive after an electrocution accident. In many cases, people die within 72 hours after a severe electrical accident.
The severity of injury caused by an electrical accident depends on the voltage, the amount of time the current passed through your body, and the pathway for that current (grounded surface or another electrical pathway). There are many things that happen to your body when a current enters your body in an electrocution accident.
The most common injury associated with electrical shock-related accidents is internal and external burns. Besides burns, getting electrocuted can severely affect:
- The cardiovascular system (if the heart is not revived in a timely manner after an electrical accident, the person will most likely die)
- The central nervous system (severe damage to the brain and nervous system, impairment of many vital functions, and a variety of neurological issues)
- The respiratory system and
- The musculoskeletal system (tissues, bones, and muscles usually take the biggest hit in an electrocution accident)
Damage to the body after an electrical accident can be severe and irreparable, which is why seeking compensation for your electrocution injury or the death of your loved one in an electrocution accident is paramount. Schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to discuss your case and determine liability. Call our offices at 215-543-7220.