Mississippi Electrical Shock/Electrocution Lawyer
Workers in Mississippi who do any work around electrical lines or involving electricity can be at risk of electrical shock injuries or electrocutions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) frequently cites electrocutions as one of the most common causes of fatal injuries on construction sites, and electrocutions can also cause worker deaths in other industries. Whether you recently sustained an electrical shock injury or you lost a loved one in an accident involving an electrocution, it is essential to seek advice from an attorney who can discuss your options for seeking compensation. You may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim or, in certain cases, to file a lawsuit. Contact our experienced Mississippi electrical shock/electrocution lawyer today to learn more about how we can help you.
What Are Electrical Shocks and Electrocution Injuries in Mississippi?
Electrical shock injuries can vary widely in terms of their severity. According to the Mayo Clinic, the severity of an injury involving electrical shock or an electric current will depend on “the type of current, how high the voltage is, how the current traveled through the body, the person’s overall health, and how quickly the person is treated.” The specific types of physical injuries that can result from electric shocks include but are not limited to:
- Burn injuries;
- Cardiac arrest;
- Breathing difficulty;
- Muscle pain;
- Organ damage;
- Seizures; and
- Loss of consciousness.
It is important for anyone who has suffered an electrical shock injury to receive immediate medical attention. The sooner a person is treated, the better the outcome of the injury may be. When electrical shock injuries are severe, they can be fatal, and a person can die of an electrocution.
Get the Facts About Electrical Shocks and Electrocutions at Mississippi Job Sites
What types of jobs put workers at the greatest risk of an electrical shock or electrocution injury, and how frequently do these types of injuries occur? The following facts and figures come from OSHA:
- Electrical shocks and electrocutions account for nearly 5 percent of all occupational fatalities, which is the equivalent of approximately one electrocution injury every day;
- Rates of electrocutions and electrical shock injuries have risen recently in U.S. workplaces;
- Coming into contact with overhead power lines is the most common cause of an electrical shock injury or an electrocution;
- Electrocutions and electrical shock injuries on the job also commonly result from failing to “de-energize” electrical equipment before it is used, errors in wiring or rewiring tools or equipment, and coming into contact with buried or underground power lines; and
- Majority of nonfatal electrical shock injuries result from contact with electrical current coming from a machine, light, tool, or appliance.
Many kinds of jobs can expose workers to risks of electrical shock injuries and electrocutions in Mississippi, including construction jobs, telephone and cable workers, electricians, roofers, HVAC repair workers, and industrial machinery workers. Railroad workers and employees in related industries can also be at risk.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
If you or someone you loved sustained an electrical shock injury or suffered an electrocution, it may be possible to file a workers’ compensation claim or to file a FELA lawsuit, for example. An attorney can evaluate your case and advise you about your options. Contact our experienced Mississippi electrical shock/electrocution lawyer today.