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Atlanta Worker’s Compensation Attorneys Discuss Electrocution and Burn Injuries

June 24, 2015

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, electrocutions are a leading cause of worker deaths, accounting for about 71 deaths in the construction industry alone and an average of 411 deaths in all industries each year. Employees whose jobs place them in proximity to electrical sources can be at high risk of electrocution and electrical-related injuries.

Georgia workers who experience an electrical injury on the job may have the right to receive worker's compensation benefits. In the state of Georgia, most public and private employers are required to carry mandatory worker's compensation insurance. This insurance offers employees coverage for all injuries arising out of the course and scope of their employment. The injury must require time off work and must be reported to the employer.

Worker's compensation insurance will cover medical bills and a portion of wages lost by the injured employee. Employees are further protected from retaliation for filing a worker's compensation claim. At times, injured employees can additionally have the right to seek compensation outside of the worker's compensation system if a third party is responsible for their injuries.

Who is Most at Risk for Electrical Injuries?

Employees in the following fields are at the highest risk of being electrocuted or otherwise injured by electricity:

  • Electricians
  • Construction workers
  • Utility workers
  • Manufacturing employees

Overhead power lines are a primary cause of fatal electrocutions, so any job that requires the employee come in close contact or work near overhead power lines is at an extreme risk of electrocution.

Electrical Burns, Shock, and Electrocution

Electric shock can occur due to a lack of safety gear on machines, ungrounded power supplies, wear and tear in machines or wiring, and contact with overhead or underground electrical cords.

The most common electric shock injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Burns
  • Organ damage
  • Tissue or muscle damage
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Brain injuries
  • Heart attack
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Neurological damage
  • Wrongful death due to electrocution

Burn injuries can be caused by, among others, electrical explosions, chemical exposure, electrical accidents, workplace accidents, and defective products. Electrical burns can be severe and often cause:

  • Infection
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Inhalation injuries
  • Loss of sight, smell, taste, or hearing
  • Nerve and tissue damage

Electric Shock Injuries and Worker's Compensation

Employees who are injured due to electric shock will often incur significant medical bills and require long periods of time off work, as well as ongoing pain and suffering. Regardless of fault for the accident, Georgia employees injured in electrical accidents will generally be eligible for worker's compensation and may be able to also, if applicable, seek compensation from a third party involved in the accident.

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Our personal injury and Atlanta Worker's Compensation Lawyers provide aggressive representation, including workers' compensation claims, personal injury claims, and those who have developed asbestos-related diseases. Because we have successfully represented thousands of injured people in personal injury cases, workers' compensation claims and families in wrongful death claims, we understand the physical, emotional and fiscal hardships faced by victims, and we also understand what needs to be done to obtain for our clients the compensation they are entitled to under the law.

Montlick and Associates has been representing injured workers for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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