Texas Electrocution Injury Lawyer
Houston Electrocution Attorneys
In 2018, there were 86 electrocution fatalities on the job reported to OSHA. In 2012, our attorneys recovered a major settlement for a victim of a severe on-the-job electrocution burn injury. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we understand the devastation that can be caused by an electrocution injury. These injuries can be life-changing and, in some cases, can even cause death. You need an experienced attorney handling your case.
If your electrocution injury was caused by the negligence of any other person or entity– whether it was because of a work accident, a product that malfunctioned or a poorly-maintained wire–the law allows you the opportunity to recover compensation from the person or entity that caused you harm. But proving that the electrocution injury occurred because of someone’s careless behavior is essential to recovering damages, which is why you need an experienced electrocution lawyer to help.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have the dedication and experience you need to take action after an electrocution injury. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!
How Does an Electrocution Accident Happen?
An electrocution injury can happen in any number of situations. Electricians and those who work on construction sites or near live wires are especially at risk for electrocution injuries due to exposure to electrical current. Roofers, laborers, carpenters, and supervisors of construction sites can all fall into the high-risk category.
For those who do not work in the construction field, electrocution injuries can occur when there is contact between a person and overhead power lines. If power lines are not properly maintained, designed or installed, then a person can suffer an electrocution injury as a result of contact with the power line and a transfer of current to the body.
Defective or dangerous products are a cause of electrocution injuries as well. If a product sparks due to defective wiring, for example, the current can transfer into the user’s body and cause serious harm.
What are Common Injuries From Electric Shock?
Typical injuries from electric shock include heart damage, lung damage, central nervous system injury, kidney damage, and burns.
- Heart damage – A person can flat line (have no cardiac activity) or can experience ventricular fibrillation as a result of an electrocution injury. If prompt treatment is not received, heart damage caused by current in an electrocution injury can cause death.
- Lung damage – If the electrical current passes through your chest, you may experience respiratory arrest. Again, prompt treatment is necessary.
- Damage to the central nervous system – When current passes from one hand to another through the body, this can do damage to the central nervous system, including the spine and head. Being electrocuted often also causes people to jerk or fall, which can cause or contribute to head and spine damage.
- Kidney damage – Your muscles and kidneys can become severely damaged as a result of an electrocution injury.
- Burns and skin damage – These types of injuries are extremely common in electrocution injury cases and are often very severe.
Let Us Handle Your Electrocution Injury Claim
These causes and types of electrocution injuries are just a few examples of the types of cases that arise out of electrocutions. If you have suffered an electrocution injury, you need to get legal assistance to learn about your rights. Schedule a free consultation with a Houston electrocution lawyer from Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., today to learn more!