Workers Compensation for Electricians and Electrical Workers Injured on the Job
Can you imagine living life without electricity? No lights. No cell phones. No computers. Things would be different.
Producing the electricity that flows into our homes and offices is difficult. Only a skilled and master electrician can properly wire a building.
Cable installers and electricians have dangerous jobs. The work involved in building and installing cables and electrical wires and repairing structures is full of hazards. Electricians are exposed to unique risks such as electrical shock, falls, hand injuries, and back and neck injuries from working in tight spaces.
Many of our clients have worked for large companies such as Cox Cable, Comcast, Verizon, and their contractors, as well as local utility companies. Some have been union members. And some have been self-employed. No matter the company or stated employment status, Virginia workers compensation attorney Corey Pollard represents electricians across the state, as well as construction workers injured in electrical accidents.
Common Electrical Work Injuries
There are hundreds of electrocution-related deaths each year according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). And the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found that electrocution is one of the top causes of workplace death.
Employees who survive an electrical accident are often left with months of hospitalization and rehabilitation, medial treatment for their painful burns, and frequent pain. The cost of this treatment can add up quickly at a time that the electrician is unable to work and is losing wages.
Many of us have experienced an electric shock at some point. The slight shock felt when touching exposed wiring or an outlet is often enough to make us wince.
These items have only a small amount of voltage flowing through the wires. Electricians are often exposed to much higher voltage.
Both low voltage and high voltage exposure can cause electrical burns. Burns can cause the muscles to contract and even paralysis. Once the victim is able to move, there will be skin damage and pain. If the nerves are affected the victim may experience cardiac arrest and trouble breathing.
Electrical work is dangerous. And electricians have to face these hazards every day.
We Seek Compensation from All Possible Sources following Electrical Accidents
If you’ve been to a construction site then you know how hectic they can be. There are many different employers and employees at any one site. In every Virginia electrician work injury case we investigate to see if there is a third-party personal injury claim in addition to a workers compensation claim. After the claim is filed we speak with our clients doctors and other expert witnesses to make sure we can meet our burden of proof. We not only help our electrician clients get Virginia workers compensation settlements, we also help them obtain income from other sources such as Social Security Disability if their injury keeps them out of work for more than one year.
Get Help from an Electrician’s Workers Compensation Lawyer
Your employer must provide workers compensation insurance coverage by law. After an electrical work accident contact an attorney to discuss your legal right to benefits.
Corey Pollard grew up in a family that owned an electrical company. He understands what the job site is like and what your job entails, and he is here for electricians throughout Virginia.
Electricians and construction workers are just some of the workers we represent regularly. If you work in a different field call or e-mail us today for a free consultation.