Electrocution accidents on construction sites account for part of what the government calls the “Fatal Four” leading causes of death on the job. Almost one in 10 construction deaths are because of electrocution. Working with electricity is dangerous, but you and your loved ones have the right to work in a safe environment.
Workplace accidents happen, but often someone’s negligence or a piece of defective equipment places a worker in harm’s way or even death. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an electrocution accident, you’re going to need legal help. Turn to one of Atlanta’s most respected and experienced law firms, John Foy & Associates, for help. We can help you get the care you need while you recover. And we can help you recover financially through either an Electrocution Accident personal injury claim or a Workers Compensation claim.
Call us at 404-400-4000 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You deserve at least a free consultation to know your best next steps.
What should I do if I or a loved one has been injured from an electrocution accident in Atlanta?
If a loved one or you have been injured in an electrocution accident in Atlanta, you must inform your manager. Simply telling a coworker or supervisor usually covers that step. Next, if you can, get the names and numbers of any witnesses, and write down as much information as you can about the job site. Often job sites have multiple contractors employed. Of course, get any medical help necessary. Generally electrocution injuries tend to be quite painful and traumatic.
Do NOT make a recorded call with anyone until you talk to an attorney. Even though there is a system set up to help you recover after a workplace accident you will be better served having legal representation.
Is there a time limit for an electrocution accident claim or a workers compensation claim?
Yes, there is a time limit for any personal injury claim. Generally the limit is two years after an accident. However, there are times when the time limit is much shorter. We urge you to talk to any attorney as quickly as possible for many reasons. First, you need medical help and you should not be paying for this out of pocket. Second, as time passes, memories fade, witnesses disappear and it gets harder to gather the information necessary for a claim. And finally, your work place will be in touch with their insurance companies and attorneys as quickly as possible.
For a workers compensation claim, you must tell your manager about the accident within 30 days. This can be a casual conversation with a coworker or supervisor. They are obligated to tell your manager.
What are the common injuries from an electrical shock accident?
Electrical current easily passes through a human body. The U.S. National Library of Health lists three types of devastating injuries from electrocution:
- Cardiac arrest
- Muscle, nerve and tissue damage
- Thermal burns
What are the common causes of electrocution accidents?
The major causes of electrocution, according to an OSHA report, are:
- Contact with an overhead or buried power line.
- Contact with an energized source, including bare wires, faulty tools and defective equipment.
- Improper use of extension cords or flexible cords.
Electrical accidents seem very common in the workplace. What are the statistics for electrocution accidents?
EC Mag, the online magazine for electrical contractors cited statistics that 143 construction workers a year died from electrocution injuries, and 30,000 nonfatal accidents occurring annually.
The majority of those affected are electricians, followed by laborers, carpenters and roofers.
My loved one was injured in an electrocution accident at home. What should I do?
If your loved one was injured in an electrocution accident at home, call our office at 404-400-4000. Your homeowner’s insurance should cover the damage, but as in any insurance interaction, it’s better to have legal advice. Do NOT make a recorded call with any insurance representative or attorney until you talk to us.
In addition, there may be a defective piece of equipment or third party who was negligent and cause the accident. We have private investigators and accident experts who can take a look at your case.
Either way, it won’t cost you anything to talk to us.
I was injured in an electrocution accident at work. What kind of case do I have?
You certainly have a Workers Compensation claim if you were injured on the job. The state of Georgia is very clear that this process protects you from your first day on the job. In addition, you may be eligible for a personal injury claim if there is a third-party involved, such as another company or defective equipment.
My manager seems very willing to help out with my electrocution accident at work. Do I still need to hire an attorney?
Your manager should be willing to help you out. Workers Compensation has been set up to be a non-adversarial system. However, it is still a system. Your manager, his insurance company attorneys and everyone else involved knows the rules. You don’t know the rules. We recommend you contact an attorney to work your case. Your goal is to heal and get back to work as soon as you can. That’s hard to do when you’re outgunned throughout the process.
I have been injured at work and cannot afford an attorney. Can one still help me?
No attorney for a workers compensation case or personal injury claim should ever ask for an upfront free. In fact, any legal fee comes from the settlement or the workers compensation agreement. If there is no settlement, there is no fee.
John Foy & Associates has been in business more than 20 years protecting people like you, in an ethical way. Give us a call at 404-400-4000 and we’ll explain your options.
What am I eligible for in an electrocution accident claim?
Your attorney should be able to walk you through the different kinds of claims you can make after your accident. Whether it’s workers compensation or a personal injury claim, you have the right to have your reasonable and necessary medical bills paid for—and that includes medications, physical therapy and hospital stays. In a workers compensation case, you have the right to receive compensation from the state to help you with bills while you’re out of work.
And for a personal injury claim, you have the right to seek out compensation for wages lost and any pain and suffering.
My loved one was killed in an electrocution accident from falling power lines. Do I have any way of filing a case because of this?
First, we are very sorry for your loss, nothing can bring back your loved one. The only way the legal system can begin to make up for the death is through a wrongful death suit, which allows appropriate family members to seek compensation. You only get one chance to file a wrongful death case, and we urge to have experienced legal representation when you do.
How can John Foy & Associates help me if I have been injured in an electrocution accident?
John Foy & Associates has been protecting people like you for more than 20 years. As personal injury attorneys, our first goal is to get you the best settlement as possible in an ethical way. We have more than 20 attorneys on staff with differing areas of knowledge who all work together. Because we’re so well established we are in no hurry to settle.
We know the insurance companies involved and they know us. With John Foy & Associates on your side you can concentrate on getting better.
Give us a call at 404-400-4000 for a free and confidential consultation. Someone will answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.