Indianapolis Electrocution Lawyer
The human body is very sensitive to electric current, and can sense electric currents at approximately 1 milliamp. Currents as low as 10 milliamps can cause muscle contractions; this can be particularly dangerous if a hand grips a source of shock, as the involuntary contractions may render the victim unable to let go of the source. Currents higher than 100 milliamps can cause ventricular fibrillation, causing the heart muscles to fail, to contract in unison, and thus ceases to pump blood. This condition can result in death in a matter of minutes if untreated.
The most common source of electric shock and electrocution is occupational; construction sites and other similar environments are typically responsible. If you or a loved one has suffered an electric shock or electrocution while on the job or otherwise, contact the Indianapolis electrocution lawyers at the Hankey Law Office.
Electric Shock Injury Liability
Employers are responsible for adequately protecting their workers from any unsafe environments or electrical defects that could cause a devastating injury. If your employer or site manager has failed to make sure that all possible safety precautions have been met, you may be in a position to claim damages for the injury and suffering that you have needlessly suffered.
If you or a loved one has been shocked while at work, near a construction site, or otherwise, immediately contact the Indianapolis electrocution lawyers at the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565. We can help evaluate the extent of your injuries, and determine who is responsible and liable, and we will fight to earn you the compensation that you may be owed under the law.
Electric Shock FAQs
What are the common causes of electrocution and electric shock on construction sites?
Many different tools and machines are used on construction sites to make tasks easier for workers. When tools and machines break or malfunction and are still used, they become an electrical hazard. It is also common for workers to leave wires exposed while they complete another project. Exposed wires, live wires, and poor wiring can all lead to workers being electrocuted or shocked. Lastly, when workers are not trained properly or do not have access to proper safety equipment, they are more prone to suffer from injury, electrical or otherwise. If you were injured while working on a construction site, contact the attorneys of the Hankey Law Office. We have the knowledge and skill necessary to get you the compensation you need.
Is there a difference between electrocution and electric shock?
Electrocution and electric shock are often used to mean the same thing: an injury suffered from being exposed to an electric current. However, the terms actually differ greatly. When a person suffers from an electric shock, it means they were injured after an electric current moved through their body. When a person suffers from electrocution, it means they were killed after an electric current moved through their body. Shock ends in injury, while electrocution ends in death. If you or someone you love was electrocuted or injured in a construction accident, the attorneys of the Hankey Law Office are here to help you get the compensation you need.
How could my employer be liable for my electric shock injuries?
It is the responsibility of construction companies or property owners that employ workers to make sure they are as safe as possible. This means making sure that workers are properly trained, have access to safety equipment, are using well-functioning tools and equipment, and are aware of any electrically hazardous areas. It is when employers neglect this responsibility that employees are more likely to be injured or killed. If you were injured due to employer negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The attorneys of the Hankey Law Office are well versed in personal injury as well as workers compensation claims. We will guide and represent you at every step of the legal process so that you can get the compensation you need.