The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to electrocution as one of the “fatal four” causes of death to American construction workers, accounting for 8.6 percent of all fatalities in the industry. Those who survive exposure to high voltage electrical currents may suffer severe burns at the point of contact and damage to internal organs through which the electrical current passed. OSHA recommends basic measures contractors can take to eliminate risks of electrocution. Unfortunately, as the statistics demonstrate, construction companies often bypass safety tactics to save time or money, placing workers at risk for serious injuries.
Anyone who was electrocuted at a construction site has the right to seek legal counsel. An experienced Georgia construction accident attorney can help you recover the damages you deserve.
At The Gumprecht Law Firm, we concentrate our practice solely on personal injury recovery. We protect your rights if you sustained burns, organ damage or other injuries resulting from contact with electricity. We also can guide you through the legal process if your loved one was killed by electrocution on the worksite.
As a lifetime member of the Million Dollars Advocates Forum, Attorney Michael Gumprecht has a proven history of winning large judgments and settlements. We also have a reputation for recovering the maximum possible award expeditiously. Our results are driven by our genuine concern for our clients’ wellbeing and commitment to maintaining 24/7 availability throughout each case.
We urge you to call us as soon as practicable. After a major accident, local and federal authorities typically issue a stop work order while they investigate. Evidence is preserved during this small window of time. Once work begins again, the company is likely to destroy important evidence of its negligence. Your decisive action is crucial to succeeding on a civil liability claim. Call us today to discuss your legal options.
Construction Workers’ Right to Compensation Following Electrocution
If you were electrocuted at a site, you are covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, which pays your medical bills and a percentage of your wages while your injuries prevent you from working. You are entitled to workers’ comp regardless of whether your employer’s negligent played a role in the electrocution accident and generally receive benefits quickly. You are not, however, permitted to sue your employer for negligence.
Many workers incorrectly believe that they are barred from suing anybody for an on-the-job accident. In fact, the Georgia workers’ compensation laws do not affect your right to hold other companies liable for your injuries. Therefore, you can file a claim against a company with which you do not have an employment relationship for injuries caused by its negligence.
For example, if you were hired as a painter and another contractor was hired to wire the building, you can hold the electrical contractor responsible for electrocution injuries caused when your brush came into contact with live overhead wires. Simultaneously, you can pursue your workers’ compensation benefits through the painting company that employed you.
Pedestrian’s Rights to Recover for Electrocution Injuries from Construction Companies
The duty of a construction company to maintain a safe environment extends beyond its workers to the general public. A contractor may be held liable for injuries you sustained on a construction site that contains live wires or, upon completion of the project, electrocution resulting from shoddy workmanship.
Call a Georgia Construction Accident Attorney for Assistance with Your Electrocution Injury Claim
Learn more about your right to recover damages for an electrocution injury claim. Schedule a consultation with a Georgia construction accident attorney, available 24/7, at 678-800-1050. The Gumprecht Law Firm offers you a free consultation and a contingency fee arrangement.