Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury Lawyer & Ohio Product Liability Attorney reviewing cases of Electrical Injury
Each year in the United States, approximately 1000 people are killed due to an electrical injury. Adult electrical injury cases often occur in an occupational setting, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical accidents claim up to six percent of all worker deaths. Another 3-5% of emergency burn cases are related to electrical injury.
Electricity passes very easily though the human body. Even minor burns can result in damage to organs, especially the heart or brain. Direct contact with an electrical wire results in the current flowing through the body thereby heating the surface skin and deeper tissue. This process can result in massive tissue damage and multiple organ failures. Tissue damage is the result of electrical energy to heat resulting in thermal burn injury.
Following an electrical injury if you suspect there was negligence or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced catastrophic injury and product liability lawyer.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Ohio workplace negligence attorney who is well-versed in the science and economic impact that such an injury has on the injured person’s life.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that most American workers are exposed to electrical energy during the work day, and electrical hazards can affect workers in several different industries.
Anybody working around power lines or high-voltage electric lines may be particularly at risk of potential accidents. The majority of injuries and deaths are concentrated in the following occupations:
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that contact with overhead power lines is the most common cause of electrocutions, resulting in over 40 percent of all on-the-job electrical deaths. Other causes of injuries and fatalities include the following:
Other common causes of electrical injury often fall under the following categories:
The Lyon Firm has experience developing evidence in electrical injury cases in Ohio through the use of life care planners, economists, and medical professionals to present the highest quality arguments on the plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in significant settlements that enhanced and secured a dignified quality of life for the plaintiff’s future.
Direct contact with an electrical wire sends a heavy current flowing through the body. This can result in massive tissue damage and patients are at risk of developing multisystem organ failure. Electricity passes easily though the human body, and even minor burns can result in damage to vital organs like the heart or brain.
Typically, the extent of injury is determined by the intensity of the electrical current contacted. The long-term prognosis depends on the severity of the initial injury and the development of subsequent complications. Common injuries include the following heart injuries, tissue degeneration, and severe burns.
When an electrical current jumps between two different points, it is called an “arc flash.” Workplace electrical accidents occur when arcing faults (caused by tears or gaps in insulation) allow an electrical current to stray from its intended path. Arc flashes can ignite flammable clothing and materials, the latter allowing an arc flash’s electrical explosion to become a chemical explosion.
About ten arc flashes occur on worksites every day in the United States. These electrical accidents pose workplace burn injury dangers to all electricians, factory workers, or construction workers near the arc. Serious injuries may result from the high levels of heat and intense pressure associated with the arc flash.
Following an electrical injury where you suspect there was negligence or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced catastrophic injury and product liability lawyer.
An electrical injury may have a long lasting impact and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. The legal recourses from an accident will depend on what caused the electrical injury.
The injury may have been caused by a defective product, mismanagement, or independent contractor negligence during industrial or construction work. A subcontractor or third party defendant may also be subject to general negligence.
In addition to Worker’s Compensation, a victim may deserve further compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost past and future wages, and loss of quality of life.
The legal options will depend on what caused the electrical injury. In any case, these injuries are too serious for the injured party to negotiate a fair and comprehensive settlement without an attorney. The interplay of complex liability questions, subrogation, and possible future life care plans require the attention of an attorney experienced in spinal cord injury lawsuits. There are personal injury cases where an attorney may not be necessary, but a electrical injury will may long lasting impact and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters.
Product Liability: Where the injury was caused by a defective product, the litigation path is expensive and complex. The attorney will need to evaluate the viability of the defendant and cost to prove the case through expert testimony. Product liability cases can be some of the most expensive types of litigation, but where there is a viable defendant, the cases should be evaluated carefully to determine if a defective product caused the electrical injury.
Industrial/ Construction Accidents: Many electrical injuries are a result of mismanagement or independent contractor negligence during industrial or construction work. The first step is whether the case is limited to Worker’s Compensation. This analysis requires a thorough understanding of Employer Intentional Tort law which has become more difficult in recent years. Often, where the employer is at fault, the case requires a removal of an equipment safety guard or a knowing violation of an OSHA regulation to move past a motion for summary judgment. A subcontractor or third party defendant, however, is subject to general negligence.
Provided the burden of proof is surmounted, Ohio provides substantial monetary compensation for electrical injuries. Ohio has damages cap on certain personal injury awards but those damages caps generally do not apply in electrical injury cases. Compensation may be awarded for the following elements where the evidence supports the elements:
Many electrical injuries sadly result in victim suffering terminal injuries. The Ohio Wrongful Death Statute (R.C. 2125: Action for Wrongful Death) allows a lawsuit to be brought by a beneficiary on behalf of the decedent and his or her Estate. The following separate damages may be recoverable depending on the facts in the case.
The settlement value will depend on a number of variables. No electrical injury lawsuit is exactly the same and each case will require an evaluation of the following variables. As the evidence is developed, some aspects may become stronger and some weaker, and the lawyer must re-evaluate the case each step of the way. The following a list of variables that must be considered in every spinal cord injury settlement process:
The Lyon Firm has developed compelling evidence in electrical injury cases through the use of life care planners, economists, and medical professionals to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on the Plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in significant settlements that enhanced and secured a dignified quality of life for the Plaintiff’s future.
If you need help determining the root cause of an electrical injury accident or have questions about remedies to access better health care or improve quality of life in Ohio, call Mr. Lyon at 800.513.2403 for a free consultation.