All devices that use electricity are potentially dangerous to an individual’s well-being. Whether the items are for household use, or are used in a commercial manner, any item that is electrically powered has the potential to cause harm to its user. Unfortunately for construction workers, electrocution accidents are the second leading cause of on-the-job deaths (slip and fall injuries are the first). Working conditions on a construction site can make an individual’s job particularly difficult, especially if faulty equipment is being used.
Because a construction site represents the bare bones of a building structure, and all modern-day structures are powered by electrical lines running throughout the building, construction workers run the serious risk of becoming the victims of an electrocution accident. For instance, if a construction worker’s metal tool touches an electrical current or cuts through wiring, an electrical surge then passes through the tool and negatively affects an individual that is in contact with that particular piece of equipment. Or, if an individual somehow comes into contact with an exposed electrical wire, the electrical surge will pass through the individual’s body, ultimately shorting out nerves and potentially ending that individual’s life.Electrocution accidents in Washington can also occur on a construction site when a vehicle hits power lines or an individual hits an underground power line while using heavy machinery.
The results of an electrocution accident can be dangerous and pose a significant chance of killing any individual involved. Electrical burns, injuries sustained by the nervous system and heart, and neurological impairment resulting in brain damage can all result from electrocution accidents. Electrocution is not always easy to be treated and, if approached incorrectly, can lead to swift death. In addition, the consequences of electrocution can affect an injured person for life.
If negligent behavior caused an individual to suffer an electrocution injury, then the person responsible for that negligent behavior can ultimately be held liable for damages resulting from the electrocution accident. However, though individuals can file a personal injury lawsuit against the general contractor or other parties responsible for their electrocution injury, collecting financial compensation for their injuries can be difficult, and the services of an experienced Seattle construction injury attorney should always be retained to ensure that the injured individual’s rights are upheld in a court of law.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an electrocution accident on a construction site, don’t hesitate to contact the construction accident lawyers at the Bernard Law Group. Our experienced Washington electrocution accident attorneys will examine the circumstances surrounding your accident, and will hold negligent parties responsible for your accident accountable for their actions. If you’ve been injured in a Washington electrocution accident, please call us today for a free evaluation of your construction accident injury case.