“Electrical injury” refers to damage to the skin, internal organs, or other parts of the body when a person comes in contact with an electric current.
Electrical injuries pose a unique and potentially significant threat in the workplace. They can range from minor skin burns to severe organ damage and even death. In the United States, electrical injuries kill approximately 1,000 people per year. They are responsible for 3-5% of all burn unit admissions. If you have been harmed by an electrical injury you may also suffer from broken bones, headaches irregular heartbeat and seizures. You may be having problems swallowing, seeing and hearing. You may have breathing problems or even lung failure.
Workers commonly harmed by electrical injuries include:
Construction workers and operating engineers.
Grounds maintenance workers.
Electrical power-line installers and repairers.
The seriousness of the electrical injury largely depends on the particular type of exposure. These exposures can occur in a few different ways.
Types of Electrical Burns
Direct contact: Current passes through your body, heating your tissue and causing electrothermal burns.
Electrical arcs: These are high-voltage injuries that may cause you to suffer thermal and flame burns in addition to injury from the direct current.
Flame: Electricity may cause your clothes to go on fire, resulting in direct burns from flames.
Flash: When heat from a nearby electrical arc causes thermal burns, you may also suffer a flash burn. This type of burn injury would likely cover a large part of your body.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a work-related electrical incident, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation may include payment for medical care, pay for lost time from work and money for your injury. It is important that you speak with a local New Jersey workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Morris County attorney, Manfred Ricciardelli, has over twenty years of experience representing injured workers and their families in their cases. He will fight for you in court and help you decide the best course of action. For more information and a free consultation, call us today at (973) 285-1100 or fill out our online contact form.