Pearland Electrocution Injury Lawyer
Electrocution is one of the most common causes of serious injuries on job sites. But electrocution injuries can also occur in the home or while using defective consumer products. The reality is that anytime electricity is involved, electrocution is possible if someone has acted in a negligent or irresponsible manner.
If you or someone in your family has suffered such injuries, you may have the right to seek legal compensation against a responsible third party. An experienced Pearland electrocution injury lawyer can help. Attorney Keith B. French is a Texas litigator who has successfully pursued personal injury claims on behalf of victims in Pearland and around the state. He can review your case and advise you of your options for seeking damages.
Will Workers’ Comp Protect You Following an On-the-Job Electrocution?
Electrocution injuries are most often associated with construction and job site accidents. Some of the more common causes of electrocution include:
- inadequate wiring;
- overloads, i.e., plugging too many cords into a circuit;
- ground faults;
- exposed power lines;
- electrical equipment with uninsulated openings; and
- temporary wiring that is shoddy or not replaced in a timely manner.
While mild electric shocks are not necessarily a big deal, in severe cases electrocution causes severe burns, muscle and nerve damages, and in some cases even damage to the brain or other organs. Electrocution also substantially increases the risk of a fire and related damages. And in the most serious cases, electrocution can cause death.
If electrocution leads to injury or death on a job site, the injured worker or their family is generally entitled to receive certain benefits under Texas workers’ compensation law. Workers’ comp is a “no-fault” system, so you do not actually have to prove the employer was negligent or responsible for the accident to collect medical, wage replacement, and death benefits. But workers’ comp is limited in its coverage. And in some cases, the victim or their family may be able to pursue a separate claim for negligence against a third party whose acts led to the electrocution. An employer can also be sued if they fail to meet their obligations under workers’ compensation.
Even in a workers’ compensation case, an employer or their insurance company may balk at paying the full amount of benefits that an injured worker is entitled to under the law. So it is always in your best interest to work with a skilled electrocution injury attorney after an accident, as they can help to hold your employer accountable and take legal action on your behalf if necessary.
Contact Keith B. French Law Today
Even in non-fatal cases, electrocution injuries can leave victims with permanent damage and disfigurement that will require months–and possibly years–of medical care on top of other financial losses. That is why you should never hesitate to hold an employer or third party accountable when it comes to seeking full compensation for your injuries. If you need to speak with a qualified Pearland electrocution injury lawyer, contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC, today to schedule a free consultation.