Electrical accidents happen most frequently in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, electrocution is the fifth leading cause of workplace related deaths. Each year, over 500 workers will perish by electrocution on the job site. Employees whose jobs place them in close proximity to electrical sources are at the highest risk for electrocution and electrical burns.
Those who experience an electrical injury on the job site in Kansas generally have the right to receipt of workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover an injured employee’s medical bills and a portion of lost wages. Further, all employees are protected from retaliatory action for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Shocked on the Job: Who Is Most at Risk for Electrical Injuries?
Employees working in the following fields have a heightened risk of electrocution and electrical accidents:
- Utility workers
- Construction workers
- Manufacturing workers
Overhead power lines are the number one source of electrical fatalities, so anyone who works at a job that requires contact with power lines is at a high risk for electrocution.
Electric Shock, Electrocution, and Burns
Electric shock occurs often as a result of ungrounded power supplies, wear and tear in machines or wiring, a lack of safety gear on machines, and contact with overhead or underground electrical cords.
Common electric shock injuries include:
- Tissue, nerve, or muscle damage
- Respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
- Neurological damage
- Heart attack
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death by electrocution
Burn injuries are not caused solely by fires. Electrical accidents, explosions, chemical exposure, defective products, and workplace accidents can also inflict to burns. Electrical burns are often severe and lead to:
- Tissue and nerve damage
- Loss of sight, smell, hearing, or taste
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Inhalation injuries
Liability for Electric Shock Injuries
Employees injured in an electrical accident will often incur significant medical bills, require an extended recovery time, and be unable to maintain work obligations. Workers additionally experience pain and suffering and sometimes troubling emotional or psychological affects. Regardless of fault for the accident, Kansas employees injured in electrical accidents may pursue benefits through workers’ compensation. Additionally, any family who loses a loved one due to electrocution may seek death benefits through workers’ compensation insurance.
The workers’ compensation process can be complex and often the insurer will deny coverage or limit benefits. All injured employees, and particularly those who experienced an injury that resulted in a long term disability, should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney early on who can help ensure they receive the full extent of the benefits to which they are entitled.
Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Injuries due to electrocution can be among the most severe and more difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the serious and sometimes long-term injuries that result. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help. The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.