An electrocution injury can be extremely devastating to the body, often resulting in fatality. Although OSHA and other safety codes set forth guidelines for preventing electrocution danger, a number of companies in our state fail to protect their employees properly. The Fayetteville accident attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC stand up for the rights of innocent workers who were seriously injured or killed in an electrocution accident.
The Severe Effects of Electrocution
Electrocution injuries can be extremely harmful, depending on the amount of voltage a worker comes in contact with. At high voltages, electrocution can cause abnormal heart rate or force the heart to stop beating. High voltages can also cause severe burn injuries and tissue damage. Electrocution victims can also suffer severe neurological damage.
Holding Careless Companies Responsible
Employers may be held responsible for electrocution injuries based on the following negligent practices:
- Lack of proper training
- Inadequate safety gear
- Defective or improper tools
- Unsafe work practices
- Lack of lockout/tag-out procedures
- Poor equipment maintenance
- Lack of protective barriers around electrical sources
- Lack of efficient emergency response in the event of an electrocution (failure to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or ACLS (advanced cardiac life support)
If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution injury, and you feel the accident was a direct result of an employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Your family may be entitled to collect substantial compensation for the financial and emotional effects of the life-changing injury. We have offices in Fayetteville and Beckley, and we would be happy to hear your story.
For legal assistance with workplace injuries such as electrocution, talk to the local law firm that has helped countless West Virginians recover substantial damages. Please contact our West Virginia injury lawyers today for a thorough, in-person meeting to discuss your situation. One call, that’s all.