Health and Wellness

Dealing with Electrical Shock Injury at Home or in the Work Place

4:57 AM


The sad reality is that the human body is a good conductor or electricity. It’s why approximately 1,000 people die annually in the US because of electrocution, with children accounting for a bigger part of that percentage.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home electrical fires are responsible for more than 51,000 fires annually. If proper fire safety protocols aren’t maintained, people can be hurt both at work and at home.
Electric shock injuries often arise due to the curious exploration of electricity, accidents at work or home, or even malfunctions in devices. When an electric injury happens because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness (like a defective product, lack of maintenance or poor electrical services), you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
A personal injury claim allows you to seek compensation for your losses. In a personal injury claim, you can seek damages for:
       Lost wages
       Medical bills
       Pain and suffering
If your loved one has died due to electrocution, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf and sue for damages. In which case, you may get a settlement for funeral and burial costs as well as the loss of financial support.
Filing a claim after an electrical shock injury
Any person who sustains electrical burns due to someone else’s fault can file a personal injury suit for compensation. The liable party may be responsible for the victim’s damages. In these types of lawsuits, the victim seeks compensation for their injuries and losses. In addition to medical bills, lost wages from missed work and pain and suffering, a victim may also recover future loss of earnings as well as any other related expenses and losses.
Damages available in an electrical burn claim
This will depend on the severity of the injuries and if they were fatal. When one is injured, the settlement is meant to put the victim into the same position they would have been hadn’t there been an accident. Compensatory damages in a suit include both monetary and non-monetary damages like medical expenses, medical supplies, emergency medical treatment, prescription meds, physical therapy. Lost wages, lost earning ability, emotional pain, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, court cost, and emotional pain. Punitive damages may also be available.
What to do after electrical accidents
Electrical accidents can vary from a harmless shock to a severe jolt. Any person who suffers an electrical shock should get medical help if they showcase the following signs or symptoms: confusion, severe burns, seizures, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, cardiac arrest, chest pain, and heart problem. Following an electrical shock, the victim shouldn’t be touched if they are still in contact with the electricity source. Instead, the person helping the victim should switch off all electricity sources first.
If the victim is injured, they should get immediate medical help. It is also essential for the victim or their family members to call a personal injury lawyer who deals with electrical accidents. An attorney can help navigate the claim process, handle the insurance provider, and fight to obtain full compensation for the injured victim and their family.





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