Data suggests that more than 30,000 people are injured by electrical shock every year. Did this happen to you? Wyatt Law Firm advocates for victims of electrocution when it is caused by the negligence or carelessness of another. For many, their their electrical burn is caused by a dangerous product, faulty wiring, or a dangerous work environment.
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How Electrocution Happens
A variety of factors can cause an electrical burn, but when it comes to electrocution-related personal injury claims, the most common factors include:
Electrocution caused by a dangerous product – According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, defective consumers products cause about 60 electrocutions in the U.S. annually. In these cases, a personal injury claim could be filed against the manufacturer of the faulty product.
Electrocution caused by faulty wiring – Electrocution injuries can also stem from faulty wiring, that is, wiring that was installed incorrectly or old wiring that should have been replaced. In this case, personal injury claims could attempt to hold the contractor, electrician, or building manager liable.
Electrocution as an occupational injury – Electrocution is listed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as one of the "fatal four", comprising 8.9% of all fatal workplace injuries. If your employer failed to provide a reasonably safe work environment and you were injured in this way, you may have a claim.
Electrical Burns: Types and Treatment
Electrical burns fall into six categories. These categories are distinguished from each other by severity and event that caused the burn.
- Low-Voltage (500 volts and under)
- High-Voltage (more than 500 volts)
- Arc (high heat and no contact required)
- Flash (usually superficial but cover a large surface area)
- Flame (caused by coming in contact with an electrically-ignited object)
- Oral (electrical burns that affect the mouth - common in young children)
The most severe electrical burns necessitate skin grafts or complete amputation of the affected limb. Treatment of the burn depends on the type of burn and how many layers of skin were affected. Superficial burns tend to be the easiest to treat, while burns that extend into deeper layers of skin tissue may even be severe enough to cause nerve and muscle damage.
Contact Wyatt Law Firm's Personal Injury Lawyers
Wyatt Law Firm is passionate about representing burn injury victims and those injured by electric shock. Our firm has helped victims of negligence through our experience, unique skills, and because we care. We take the time to get to know our clients, which we believe helps lead to more favorable results. Those who choose our law firm are not charged attorney fees unless we win. We also provide free case evaluations, so contact us today to learn how we can help you.