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Electricians and other construction workers are exposed to electricity every day on the job. For this reason, they are at risk of serious harm from workplace injuries. Harmful exposure to electricity can lead to a variety of injuries and health problems, which will jeopardize a worker’s health and prevent him or her from working. When this happens, the injured worker will face mounting medical bills while not being able to work. If you are an electrician or other construction worker who has been injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to pay for your medical expenses, rehabilitation services, and replace your lost income.
At Schibell Law, LLC, Our New Jersey Electrician Accident Attorneys are Here to Help
The New Jersey electrician accident attorneys at Schibell Law realize that most of the electrical accidents suffered by electricians are avoidable and are often due to negligence on the part of an employer who failed to comply with appropriate safety standards. The attorneys of Schibell Law, LLC will thoroughly review your case and provide legal options to help you secure the workers’ compensation you deserve.
Causes of Work-Related Electrician Accidents and Injuries
Hundreds of electricians are injured every year on the job. Some of those injuries are catastrophic and some even result in death. Common causes of injuries suffered by electricians include:
- Electrical Burns and Electrocution: An electrical burn happens when electricity leaves a wire or appliance and goes through the body. During this process, an electrical current can cause damage to the skin, as well as internal organs. The internal injuries from an electrical burn may not be noticed immediately. Electrocution is death or extreme injury caused by an electrical current or shock that enters the body and can create severe heart problems or cardiac arrest.
- Working at High Altitudes: Often, electricians have to work in dangerous places at great heights. When they are repairing a roof or ceilings or have to use a tall ladder in elevated work environments, electricians may endure falls that produce serious injuries. Regulations are established to protect employees who work in high places. When these regulations are ignored, employers may be held responsible for any falls a worker may experience.
- Exposure to Toxic Material and Chemicals: Electricians can be exposed to toxic hazards, such as asbestos, which can cause lung and breathing problems such as mesothelioma, pleural effusion, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Improper Training: Companies that do not train their electricians to work safely with circuit breakers or fuses leave their workers at risk of injury. Electricians who work around exposed wires or with tools that have worn insulation or use modified equipment run the risk of being involved in an electrical accident on the job.
Speak with an Experienced Electrician Accident Attorney in New Jersey
If you are an electrician who has suffered an on-the-job injury or occupational illness, contact Schibell Law, LLC today. You do not have to suffer alone. Our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys can answer your questions and explain your options, so that you can get the compensation to which you are entitled by law. Call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.