New York Electrocution Lawyer
Construction sites have a lot of elements that can be dangerous. One of these hazardous elements is electricity. At every job, a construction worker will come into contact with electricity in some way. Maybe there are power lines overhead or electrical wiring that needs to be installed. Or perhaps the power wasn’t shut off properly or an extension cord landed in a puddle of water.
These incidents can lead to electrocution. Electrocution occurs when electric current passes through the body and causes electric shock, resulting in severe injury or death. This occurs because our bodies conduct electricity, so if any part of your body meets live electricity, an electric current flows through the tissues, causing electric shock.
If you survive electrocution, your body may still suffer damage, such as burns to the skin, damage to internal tissues, and electrical interference to the heart, which could cause an irregular heartbeat. The symptoms of an electrical shock include breathing difficulties, a weak pulse, cardiac arrest, unconsciousness, and burns where the electricity entered and exited the body. You may also suffer vision loss, nerve damage, brain injuries, and broken bones.
Electrocution injuries need to be treated right away or they could lead to permanent damage. Get the help you need from Cohan Law Firm. Our New York electrocution lawyers can guide you through the legal process and help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case.
Common Electrocution Hazards
An electrocution can happen in many ways. On a construction site, you need be wary of the following:
- Contact with power lines or power sources
- Old wiring or equipment
- Faulty wiring
- Improper use of extension cords
- Failure to inspect
- Failure to shut power supply when necessary
- Poorly manufactured parts
- Failure to adhere to electrical standards
Why Do Electrical Hazards Occur?
One of the main issues with construction projects is that there is a lot of pressure to complete projects on time and under budget. These pressures may cause construction crews to increase their pace or work longer hours. This can lead to poor decisions, such as taking shortcuts. For example, contractors may not de-energize electrical circuits because this can slow down production. However, this creates a safety issue that can lead to electrocution and other accidents.
It is important to control contact with electrical voltages. Workers should use caution near energized lines, properly maintain tools and equipment, and use appropriate safety equipment. Workers should receive thorough training in electrical safety in order to prevent electrocutions.
Contact Cohan Law Firm Today
Construction sites often have many electrical hazards. Electrocution can occur, causing nerve damage, burns, heart attacks, and even death.
An electrocution victim can suffer long-term injuries. See how a New York electrocution lawyer from Cohan Law Firm can help you with your case and hold the at-fault parties liable for their actions. Fill out the online form or call (855) 855-0321 to schedule a free consultation.