A serious electrocution accident can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. If you or a member of your family suffered injuries from an electrocution accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. The injury attorneys at Englander Peebles can evaluate your case to identify all possible options for recovering compensation.
Our Fort Lauderdale electrocution injury lawyers can investigate your accident, gather evidence, and work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Many times, there is more than one company that may have played a role in causing the accident. You need a law firm that has experience in electrocution accidents. Call Englander Peebles today at (954) 231-1384 to schedule a free consultation.
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Many Electrocutions Involve Overhead or Underground Wires
It’s a common misconception that electrocutions only occur when a person is working with live wires. But many electrocution accidents actually involve overhead and underground wires. Workers using scaffolding, ladders, or cranes can come in contact with an overhead wire, and those digging on a worksite might accidentally strike an underground live wire with a shovel.
Additionally, events such as a hurricane can cause electrical lines to become downed. When this occurs, electrocutions can occur when a victim either steps onto the downed line or steps into a puddle of electrified water.
Effects of Electric Shock on the Body
Most people know that electrocution can result in serious injuries or death, but few are familiar with the specific effects it has on the body. The impacts of an electric shock can vary depending on the strength of the current and how it passes through the body. The type and strength of the current (DC, AC, alternating, or direct) and voltage has an influence on the effects of an electric shock on one’s body.
Electrocution can cause serious injuries to any part of the body, but it commonly affects the following areas:
- The skin or the site of direct contact
- Nerves, tissue, and muscles
- The heart – electric shock can cause cardiac arrest
Recognizing the Symptoms of Electrocution
Knowing the signs of electrocution and when one should seek help following contact with a live wire is vital to the health and well-being of a victim. Common symptoms of electrocution include:
- Burns at the site of contact
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory failure
- Memory loss
- Difficulty hearing
- Tingling or numbness
- Heart arrhythmia
- General weakness
- Muscle pain or contractions
Contact the Electrocution Injury Lawyers at Englander Peebles Today
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to electrocution, it is critical that you contact an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. If swift action is not taken, certain crucial evidence may be forever lost.
The Broward County injury lawyers at Englander Peebles can help you navigate the claims process and will be with you every step of the way. Call Englander Peebles at (954) 231-1384 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal rights.