Electrocution or Near-Electrocution
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If your loved one has recently died from electrocution or if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries as a result of a near-electrocution in the Mid-Ohio Valley, North-Central, or nearby regions of West Virginia, Call Attorney David A. Sims today and let us help you file your claim or lawsuit for compensation for your injuries, expenses, and pain and suffering. Don’t delay! Statutes of limitations apply!

Electrocution involves contact of the human body with a strong electrical current to the point of death. A person can have contact with a strong electric current that may result in serious injuries, as well. Some of the following types of injuries may occur when an individual makes contact with a strong electrical current:

  • Excessive Heating/Burning of Body Tissues
  • Intense Muscle Contractions (Inability to Release the Body from the Source of the Current)
  • Interference with the Body’s Normal Electrical Signals
  • Organ Damage/Destruction
The danger of electrocution is increased when the following conditions are present:

  • Water (Which Greatly Decreases the Body’s Resistance to Electricity)
  • AC (alternating current) is More Dangerous to Disrupting Heart Rhythm than DC (Direct Current)
  • Skin Damage (Skin Provides a Small Degree of Protection Against Electricity)

Damage to the Body From Electrical Exposure: Shock, Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest, Death

Although an individual’s response to electrical exposure can be extremely variable (a small current can be fatal if it takes a path straight through the heart and some people who have been struck by lightning have survived), and exposure to electricity always poses the danger of fatality, the following general guidelines from OSHA present an idea of what kind of damage to the body the average person can expect from electrical exposure:

  • 1 mA: Slight Tingling Sensation (*Please Note: Death and Significant Damage is Still Possible at This and ALL Levels)
  • 5 mA: Slight Shock Felt; Disturbing but Not Painful; Average Individual Can Let Go; However Strong Involuntary Reactions to Shocks at This Level May Lead to Injuries
  • 6-16 mA: Painful Shock; Begin to Lose Control of Muscles; A/K/A, The “Freezing Current” or “Let-Go” Range
  • 17-99mA: Extreme Pain, Respiratory Arrest, Severe Muscular Contractions, Individual Cannot let Go, Death Is Possible
  • 100-2,000mA: Ventricular Fibrillation (Uneven, Uncoordinated Pumping of the Heart); Muscular Contraction and Nerve Damage Begins to Occur; Death is Likely
  • 2,000mA+: Cardiac Arrest; Internal Organ Damage; Severe Burns; Probable Death

The Burden is on the Entity in Charge to Prevent Exposures to Electrical Currents

Any time electricity is in use, there is a burden on the person or entity in charge of the operation where the electricity is being used to keep employees and others safe from its harmful and deadly effects. Negligence Includes the Following:

  • Education and Training is Not Provided to Employees who Cannot Reasonably be Expected to Possess Knowledge of How to Protect Themselves From Electrocution
  • Electrical Equipment/Machinery is not Properly Maintained (Exposing Individuals to Potential Electrocution Hazards)
  • Personal Protective Equipment is Not Provided to Employees
  • Workers at Construction Sites are Not Alerted to the Presence and Location of Live Wires and underground Cables

It is important that every available prophylactic measure be taken to prevent all possible exposures to electrical currents. When an individual or business has been negligent in this regard and an injury or death has resulted, you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation against the negligent party.

Contact the law office of David A. Sims for your free initial consultation regarding your electrocution claim: (304) 428-5291.