Bronx Electrical Hazard Lawyers
Electricity has been the catalyst for much of our modern life. However, it can lead to severe injuries, especially when safety measures surrounding electrical usage are ignored. Accidents involving electricity can happen even when all safety precautions are taken.
At the Lipsig Firm, the Bronx electrical hazard lawyers understand that electrical accidents can leave lasting physical and emotional damages. It’s important to remember that you can turn to us after an accident. Our firm has over 40 years of experience representing clients of electrical accidents. If you or a loved one has experienced an electrical injury, we’re here for you.
Common Causes of Bronx Electrical Accidents
We interact with electricity every day, but it’s still a dangerous form of energy. The most common places for electrical accidents to occur are on construction sites or in the home.
At The Lipsig Firm, the Bronx electrical hazard lawyers know that construction work is a dangerous business. Construction is constantly happening in the Bronx at a fast pace, meaning that injuries can easily occur. Common causes of electrical construction accidents are:
- Improperly used equipment or machinery
- Malfunctioning or poorly-maintained equipment or machinery
- Frayed wires
- Inattention or negligence on the job
- Safety protocols that are ignored
- Water spills near electrical sources or corded tools
- Improperly grounded electrical wiring
- Damaged electrical equipment
While professionals are trained to be aware of the above factors, civilians are not, which is why another common place where electrical accidents occur is in the home. This can be due to:
- Improper or damaged wiring
- Attempting to fix wiring or electrical issues without the help of a professional
- Ungrounded plugs or sockets
- Damaged plugs or sockets
- Water spills near electrical sources or corded appliances
- Rodents chewing and damaging cords or wiring
Preventing Electrical Accidents
Please use caution in all activities that deal with electricity. Follow all safety precautions, and ALWAYS leave home electrical wiring projects to the professionals. They can make sure the wiring is safe, secure, and grounded.
Types of Electrocution Accident Injuries
In some cases, a small, sharp shock is the only result of an electrical accident. However, electrocution is a serious matter, and even small injuries from low voltage can lead to lasting bodily damage. Electrocution can cause severe and sometimes permanent injuries.
Broken Bones and Fractures
If an electric shock is powerful enough, it can throw a person across the room. The force of this impact may be enough to break bones and cause fractures, including to the head, neck, and spinal cord. Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) might also be sustained in this manner.
Burns are a common type of electrical injury. Although most burns are minor, electrical accidents have the ability to cause third-degree burns and damage internal tissues. Some burns can also damage internal organs, including the lungs. Loss of feeling may happen across the area of a burn. Scarring is a common occurrence in these situations.
Fall injuries are a common cause of injury during electrical accidents on job sites. The first reaction of the shocked or electrocuted person is often to step away from the source of the pain. This can lead to a lack of awareness of their surroundings when retreating, and if the victim is not on a stable landing, can lead to a fall.
Damage to the Heart
Electrical injuries affect the heart by disrupting the rhythm; this could lead to small skips in the heartbeat, like arrhythmias, all the way up to cardiac arrest, depending on the severity of the accident.
Electrical shocks affect the electrical impulses throughout the body. As such, they can injure the pathways of the brain. While minor shocks are unlikely to cause noticeable damage, it’s possible to incur lasting damage with smaller accidents or low voltage.
Because both the brain and the heart are affected during electrocutions, the results can be severe enough to put a person into a coma.
Even low-voltage electrical accidents can result in death. Death from electrical accidents may be caused either directly relating to the electrocution or from the injuries sustained because of it.
If you are involved in an electrical accident, make sure to see a medical professional. Symptoms from an electrical accident may occur within one to two days after the injury. If you have any pre-existing conditions, you’ll especially want to check in with your doctor to make sure the electrocution did not exacerbate other issues you have.
Who Is Responsible for an Electrocution Accident?
The liability for an electrical accident depends on where the accident occurs. Both individuals and companies can be held responsible.
In the Home
Professional electricians are obliged to make sure their work is up to standard before leaving the premises of a home. Electricians in the Bronx must make sure their work meets the electrical codes for New York. If their work is not adequate, and an electrical hazard accident occurs in your home, the last electrician who worked on your property could be held liable. It’s also possible that the company that the electrician works for will maintain responsibility.
On a Job Site
Accountability on a job site is very important. If a worker was negligent in their safety duties, it is possible that the account of responsibility will land with them. If a company keeps dangerous standards, doesn’t follow safety protocol and the job site is to be found unsafe, the company may be responsible for the injuries that occur.
Even if all safety precautions are followed, accidents can still happen. The Bronx electrical hazard lawyers at Lipsig Firm have successfully won cases against both individuals and companies, and we’re ready to help you.
Contact the Bronx Electrical Injury Lawyers at The Lipsig Firm
At The Lipsig Firm, we know how difficult it can be to recover from injuries that an electrical accident can bring. That’s why the Bronx electrical hazard lawyers will work hard to research your case and hold the necessary parties responsible.
We want to hear from you if you have been involved in an electrical injury. Call us at 212-285-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation. Reach out to us so we can get started on your electrical injury case today.