Injury and Wrongful Death Claims Involving An Employee Electrocution

David A. Sims Fights for Employee Electrocution Claims and Compensation

If your loved one recently died from electrocution, or if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries as a result of electrocution in a West Virginia workplace, call personal injury attorney David A. Sims today. Let us help you file your wrongful death claim or lawsuit for compensation for your injuries, expenses, pain, and suffering. Do not delay, as statutes of limitations apply. 

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Common Injuries After Electrocution in West Virginia

Electrocution involves contact of the human body with a strong electrical current to the point of death. An employee electrocution in West Virginia 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 following conditions increase the danger of electrocution:
  • Water (Which Greatly Decreases the Body’s Resistance to Electricity)
  • AC (or “Alternating Current,” is More Dangerous to Disrupting Heart Rhythm than DC, or “Direct Current”)
  • Skin Damage (Skin Provides a Small Degree of Protection Against Electricity)

Damage to the Body From Electrical Exposure

An individual’s response to electrical exposure can vary greatly. A small current can be fatal if it takes a path straight through the heart, while some people survive when struck by lightning. 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

Finding the Negligent Party After an Employee Electrocution

Any time electricity is in use, there is a burden on the person or entity in charge of the operation to keep employees and others safe from its harmful and deadly effects. Negligence includes the following:
  • Not providing education and training to employees who do not possess knowledge of how to protect themselves from electrocution.
  • Not properly maintaining electrical equipment or machinery, exposing individuals to potential electrocution hazards.
  • Not providing personal protective equipment to employees.
  • Not alerting workers at construction sites to the presence and location of live wires and underground cables.

Trust David A. Sims to File Your Personal Injury Claim

It is important to take every measure to prevent all possible exposures that can cause an employee electrocution. When an individual or business is negligent in this regard, it may result in injury or death. You may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim for financial compensation against the negligent party. Contact the Law Offices of David A. Sims, PLLC, for your free initial consultation regarding your electrocution claim by calling (304) 428-5291, or toll free at (866) 534-6593.