People who have survived an electrical shock may face serious medical, financial and emotional challenges.
For families that have lost a loved one as a result of electrocution accidents, the emotional and financial costs can be overwhelming.
Electrocution accident victims and their families incur immediate, sometimes long-term, medical bills. They have sustained electrical shock injuries resulting from workplace accidents, dangerous or defective products, dangerous…
According to OSHA, the most common causes of electrocution accidents on construction sites are:
- Contact with power lines;
- Lack of ground-fault protection;
- Improper grounding of electrical equipment;
- Failure to follow manufacturers’ instructions;
- Improper use of extension and flexible cords.
The severity of the injury suffered by a construction worker involved in an electrical accident is dependent on several factors:
- How long the person is exposed to the electrical current;
- The amount of current that flows through the body;
- The path of the current through the body;
- The presence of moisture in the environment (even sweat on the worker’s skin can be a conductor);
- The voltage of the current;
- The phase of the heart cycle when the shock occurs;
- The general health of the individual.
Long-term physical conditions may remain after electrocution accidents, such as:
- Brain injuries;
- Nerve damage;
- Heart problems;
- Permanent organ damage;
- Vision, hearing or speaking deficits;
- Bodily disfigurement from burns.