Electrical Injuries in the Workplace
The American workplace thrives on electricity. Machines harness it. Computers depend on it. Even the lights in the ceiling ensure that electricity is flowing all around the modern workspace. Indeed, electricity is constant and everywhere.
Unfortunately, the same electricity that makes modern industry possible can also endanger the workers who keep our state in motion. Electrical shock, burns, and other such injuries are among the most common claims for employee compensation.
In most cases, electrical injuries in the workplace are caused by negligence. Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for their laborers, free from any foreseeable electrical hazard.
Often, as a result of either carelessness or an attempt to save money, employers allow dangerous conditions to go unaddressed for too long. Other times, the grounds for liability are less overt. Employers may be liable for failing to provide adequate safety training, for example. In still other cases, third parties might be responsible for an electrical hazard.
In any of these cases, a New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help those suffering from electrical injuries in the workplace. At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we understand that an electrical injury can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. Even a seemingly moderate injury can introduce mountainous medical bills and have an unfathomable effect on your quality of life.
Our office is here to help New Jersey’s injured workers. If you’ve been injured as a result of negligence, or if your loved one lost his or her life on the job, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation under New Jersey personal injury law. We will do everything we can to achieve the largest recovery possible for you and your family. You can count on us to fight for justice.
The Most Common Electrical Injuries in the Workplace
The most commonly reported electrical injuries in the New Jersey workplace include:
- Direct or indirect contact with overhead power lines
- Direct or indirect contact with buried / underground power lines
- Exposure to electrical wiring or components
- Electrical burns (low voltage, high voltage, etc.)
- Contact with transformers
- Contact with dangerous or faulty lighting, machinery, appliances, or equipment
- Internal organ damage due to electrocution or high-voltage burns (may include tissue damage, cardiac damage, nerve damage, and/or stroke)
- Injury caused by electrical hazards in wet areas
- Explosions of electrical equipment
- Arc burns, flash burns, and/or blasts
- Falls caused by a shock or blast
- Injury from open flames / fires
- Loss of hearing, sight, or other senses
- Spinal cord injury
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Wrongful death.
A New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help with these or any other electrical injuries in the workplace.
Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Whenever an employee is injured in New Jersey, one of their first questions is whether they’re limited to a Workers’ Compensation claim. The answer to that question depends entirely on the very specific facts and circumstances of your particular injury.
While it is true that some injuries are entirely confined to the Workers’ Comp system, an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer is often able to help victims secure the justice they deserve outside that system as well. That’s especially true when multiple parties or third parties are involved.
At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we can help you file your Workers’ Comp claim and pursue any additional outside sources for compensation.
A New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer for Electrical Injuries in the Workplace
If you or a family member has suffered from electrical injuries in the workplace — or if you lost a loved one in an employment accident — you deserve compensation for your suffering, losses, and expense. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help.
To schedule a completely free consultation with an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer, please call our office at 1-855-432-2489 or use our online quick connect form. Remember: time limits might apply, so it may be in your best interest to take action right away.
We proudly represent injured workers all across New Jersey, including Morris County, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Essex County, and the rest of The Garden State.