While electrocutions may sometimes be considered a freak accident or fairly uncommon, the reality is that electrocutions happen more often than we may realize and anywhere electricity is nearby.
Sadly, electrocutions can be the result of someone’s negligence and can result in painful, long-lasting injuries, and even death.
One legal website reported a tragic story about two boys who were swimming in a lake between two houseboats when they were suddenly electrocuted. It is believed that faulty wiring in the bottom of one of the houseboats might have been the cause.
If you or someone you love has suffered an electrical injury or was killed from an electrocution, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation.
Electrocution Accidents, Injuries, Deaths
Electrocution is generally classified as death by electric shock. Yet, it also encompasses a wide range of injuries from contact with electricity.
Here are the four primary types of electrocution injuries, as defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- Cardiac arrest
- Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction
- Thermal burns from contact with an electrical source
- Falling or other similar injuries associated from an electrical shock
What may be surprising to some is that psychological effects can also manifest from an electric shock, including:
- Amnesia or short-term memory loss
- Mood swings
- Mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, aggression, and schizophrenia
Who is most at risk of being electrocuted?
Electrocution accidents primarily occur because of unsafe and unmonitored working conditions.
Over 60% of electrical burns are work-related according to the American Burn Association. And over 45% of workplace electrocution accidents are in construction, the Fire Protection Research Foundation noted. Moreover, construction workers are four times more likely to be electrocuted than workers in any other industry combined. The risk is greatest in young construction workers ages 16 through 19.
OSHA reports that electrocution is the 3rd leading cause of construction worker deaths.
Other high risk industries include:
- Mass Transit
- Industrial manufacturing
- First responders
OSHA has estimated that across industries, there are 350 electricity-related deaths every year – or about one death every day.
Often the cause of electrocution in the workplace is due to negligent training and/or supervision.
At home there is risk of electrocution, too – especially among children. Johns Hopkins Hospital reported that children account for 20% of electrical injuries, which occur most often in the home. Exposed electrical outlets and wires are the main culprits. Significant injuries, including facial deformities, have been reported in cases of children who have bitten electrical cords. Be conscientious at home about:
- Plugging too many appliances or technology devices into a single outlet
- Forcing a plug into an outlet when it doesn’t fit
- Using cords that are in poor quality (fraying, for example)
- Using electrical appliances near water
- Using indoor cords for outdoor use
Who is liable for electrocution accidents?
Electrocutions are common, not only because of faulty equipment and poor maintenance but also because of human error, negligence and lack of supervision.
Potentially liable parties may include:
- Property owners
- Power companies
- Equipment operators
- Contractors or operators responsible for repairs and past maintenance
North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Offer Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has suffered severe electrical shock or death by electrocution, contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. You could be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or wrongful death.