Depending on your line of work, many different types of accidents can happen when you are on the job. Electrocution accidents are one of the “Fatal Four” accidents related to deadly job-related accidents. Electricity is hazardous to work with, and you need legal representation if you’ve suffered from an accident.
It’s common to have accidents in the workplace, and the injuries you sustain can vary in severity. Seth Bader is a workers compensation lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. He has successfully handled numerous electrocution accidents and wants to help you with yours. If you or someone you know is a victim of an electrocution accident at work, contact us today. We offer free consultations so that you can take the next steps in your case.
What do I do after an electrocution accident occurs?
If you or a loved one has been injured by electrocution, you must first contact the job-site supervisor. You can even tell a coworker, but we recommend telling someone that will document the incident.
Next, you should gather testimony from witnesses of the incident. You should write down as much information as you can while you’re at the scene of the accident. Some of this information can include names, numbers, and addresses. Finally, you should seek medical attention. We find that most electrocution accidents result in severe injuries and sometimes death. These accidents can be very traumatic and can affect the rest of your life. Do not talk to anyone without the presence or advice of your attorney.
What is the time limit for filing an electrocution accident claim?
In most states, there is a statute of limitations for filing any workers compensation claim. Typically, you have two years from the date of an incident to file your electrocution accident claim. However, there are some cases where the timeline is even shorter. Personal injury cases can be very complex, which is why we recommend that you seek legal representation immediately.
You need to make sure that you file your claim before the deadline because you have injuries and other damages that need compensation. Also, the longer you wait to file, the more unreliable witness testimony becomes. People can forget exactly what happened in an accident that occurred several years ago.
Once the electrocution accident happens at work, your company will start moving quickly. They will want a statement from you, and they’ll contact their insurance company and attorney. You can’t afford to go without representation into any of these meetings. The insurance company and attorney represent the company, and they don’t care about your needs.
They want to settle this case for as little as possible. Many longtime employees think that their company values their loyalty, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The company only cares about their bottom line.
How long do I have to report a worker’s compensation claim to my manager?
With any workplace injury, you must speak to someone about it within 30 days. So, this can be a casual conversation with your coworker or supervisor. It is then their responsibility to report it to someone higher in charge. This does not have to be a written statement, but a report will need to be filed by your manager.
What kind of injuries occur with an electrocution accident?
With electricity, a human body is a perfect conductor. So, electricity can easily pass through your body. Some of the primary injuries associated with electrocution are:
- Heart Attacks
- Muscle, Tissue, and Nerve Damage
- Thermal Burns
As you can see, this list of injuries is pretty severe. It could take you years to recover, or you might not live a normal ever again.
What are some of the types of electrocution accidents?
Most of the common causes of electrocution, according to OSHA, are:
- Contact with a buried or overhead power line.
- Improper use of flexible or extension cords.
- Contact with faulty tools, defective equipment, or bare wires.
How common are electrocution accidents in the workplace?
Electrical accidents are somewhat common and almost 150 construction workers die annually from injuries from electrocution. There are also thousands of other accidents that occur every year that aren’t fatal. Most of the workers affected by these accidents are roofers, carpenters, laborers, and electricians.
I know someone that suffered from an electrocution accident, now what?
The first thing that you should do is contact an experienced electrocution accident attorney. There are many personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, but not all of them are equal. We recommend that you interview several personal injury lawyers before you decide on your representation. Most attorneys will provide a free consultation, but you should always ask before setting up appointments. Taking notes will help you keep all of your meetings separate so that you can make the best decision for your case. You need to find an attorney before you talk to any insurance representatives or other attorneys. Anything you say in a recorded call can be used against you in your case.
Personal injury claims are very complicated, so you need an attorney to guide you through the process. If your electrocution is because of faulty equipment, we can go after the third party that is responsible. So, there can be several parties involved with your electrocution personal injury claims.
I suffered an injury from an electrocution incident while I was working, do I have a case?
Absolutely. At the very least, you can file for workers’ compensation because you were injured at work. In the state of Georgia, you are protected from the first day that you step foot on your job. You could also file a personal injury claim if there is another party involved. Like we mentioned before, faulty equipment could involve a third party.
My manager is being very helpful, do I really need to hire an attorney?
Yes. If your manager helps you out, they are still representing the company. Workers’ compensation is set up to protect you, but you aren’t familiar with the process. Your manager, company, attorneys, and insurance agents understand the gray areas.
You don’t have to hire an attorney to get your workers’ compensation, but you’re risking the amount of compensation you could receive. You need to ensure that you have enough money to pay your bills and cover your injuries while you are out of work.
I don’t have the money for an attorney, and I don’t know what to do
Many victims of accidents do not have the money for an attorney, which is why most personal injury lawyers do not take an upfront fee. If you don’t receive a settlement they don’t get paid. However, they will take their fee out of your settlement. Be sure to ask your worker’s compensation attorney how they operate.
My loved one died because of an electrocution accident, do you handle these cases?
Yes. Whether you have suffered from serious injuries or your loved one has died, we can assist you in your claim. Every case is different, so we will need to speak with you about your electrocution accident in our office.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
We want to represent you in your electrocution work accident case. We know how to handle insurance companies and get you the compensation that you deserve. It would be best if you focused on getting better, instead of worrying about your settlement. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today for your free consultation.