Electrical injuries cause approximately 1,000 deaths in the United States each year. Electrocution is also responsible for approximately three to five percent of all burn unit admissions and two to three percent of all pediatric emergency department burn visits. In adults, electrocution typically occurs in the workplace, while children primarily suffer electrocution in a household setting. Common causes of electric shock and electrical injury include contact with overhead power lines (via an aluminum ladder, for example), faulty or outdated wiring, malfunctioning appliances, contact with underground power lines and children biting into electrical cords. Serious injuries, ranging from second- and third-degree burns, tissue loss, amputation, organ damage, infection and even death, often result from electrical accidents. While construction workers, electricians and utility employees are at higher risk of accidental electrocution, electrical accidents do occur in non-work settings. Power companies may be negligent in installing or maintaining their wires. They may install the wires too low, allow them to sag, or fail to repair downed wires within a reasonable time after a storm. Similarly, home wiring may have been improperly installed or an appliance may malfunction or carry insufficient warnings.
Statistics do indicate that the risks of electrocution are particularly high for construction workers, utility employees, engineers, electricians and other personnel who regularly come into contact with electrical sources. Hundreds of workers die each year in electrical accidents, with many more suffering serious injuries as a result of contact with power lines (via cranes, metal ladders and the like), improper handling of equipment, failure to provide ground-fault protection and a lack of electrical safety training. While all individuals who are injured in electrical accidents should seek the advice of an experienced Scranton, Pa. accident lawyer, claims by those injured on the job can be especially complex given the interplay of the principles of negligence, workers’ compensation law, insurance coverage and occupational safety regulations.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result of electrocution or an electrical accident, Scartelli Olszewski’s skilled accident attorneys in Pennsylvania are prepared to help you protect your rights. Our Scranton personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of electrocution victims and their loved ones. We have successfully tried personal injury matters in state and federal courts, and have advocated on behalf of injured victims in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as arbitrations and mediations, securing substantial recoveries from power companies and product manufacturers on behalf of our clients. If you have been injured in an electrical accident, we encourage you to contact us today