Electrical Accidents in Boynton Beach
Americans are surrounded by power lines. Boynton Beach, Florida, is no exception, making the risk of injury from electricity a real possibility. Individuals can come into contact with damaging electricity during work, recreation, or in their homes. Tragically, human contact with electricity can result in a wide range of injuries or even death.
If you or your loved ones have experienced injury or death from contact with electricity, the lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky are available to assist you in trying to recover compensation from the at-fault parties.Who is at Risk?
Electrical injuries can impact anyone.
Statistics suggest that individuals most at-risk for injury from electricity are construction workers, utility workers, and maintenance workers. Approximately 52% of all occupational electrocutions occur in the construction industry, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Heavy equipment operators are most at-risk, with 50% of electrocutions in the construction industry coming from contact with overhead power lines. Construction workers also suffer from contact between ladders or scaffolding and power lines.
Roofing contractors, siding contractors and metal contractors are also at high risk for electrical accidents. Tree trimmers, water/sewer/pipeline workers, painters and communications workers also face high risk, according to the CDC.
Another group that faces an increased risk from electrical injury is agricultural workers. These workers are particularly susceptible to injury from overhead wires or from transformers.
Even office workers face risk. They can experience electrical injury from inside wiring or faulty transformers inside their places of work. Residents of Boynton Beach not only could suffer electrical injury in their homes, but also during recreational activities. Sports fields have lighting which have high power requirements, and even docks have lighting and other power requirements.
One of the highest risks of electrocution is after a storm. Contact with downed power lines, damaged lines, or contact between power lines and conductors like trees or branches can cause extensive damage.
In other words, electrical injury is an ever-present risk, and if property owners and power companies do not work pro-actively to ensure safety, individuals can suffer.The Cost of Electrical Injuries
The human body conducts electricity, allowing the current to flow through skin, muscle and tissue. This results in burns to the skin, damage to the muscle and tissue, and organ damage. The heart's normal electric rhythm can be impacted by electrical contact, causing a heart attack or other cardiac problems. The brain is also at risk for damage, if an individual comes into contact with electricity.
Those who have suffered an electrical injury require medical treatment, which can be costly. Some need extended hospital stays and rehabilitation to recover from the physical injury. Victims may miss work because of the injuries, and often deal with pain and suffering after the event.
Electrocution can also cause death. This leaves families emotionally distraught while dealing with medical bills and other costs.Frankl & Kominsky
Electrocution claims can potentially be difficult because of the number of parties involved and the complexity of identifying exactly which parties are negligent. Power companies, employers, property owners and construction companies, can all carry some level of responsibility, when a person is harmed from electrocution. The attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky are available to assist victims and their families with their electrocution case and to try and help get them the compensation they deserve. Call us today for a confidential consultation, at (561) 609-1948 or contact us online. We speak Spanish and Creole.