Injuries due to an electrocution accident on a construction site can be damaging and sometimes fatal. Potential injuries could be skin damage, recurring seizures, heart attacks, or even paralysis. Read more to learn the most common causes of electrocution accidents on construction sites and how one of the seasoned Santa Clara County construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady can help you fight for the compensation you require to heal.
What are the frequent causes of electrocution accidents on construction sites?
Construction workers and all others who enter construction sites can sustain electrocution injuries through a number of circumstances. Most of them are due to negligence or Labor Law violations on the sites. Common situations are as follows:
- Contact with overhead or buried power lines.
- Contact with energized sources.
- Improper use or discarding of extension cords.
- Fallen power lines.
- Electrical overloads.
- Commerical equipment malfunctioning.
- Code violations, such as exposed wires or electrical outlets placed in unsafe locations.
If you have sustained injuries in any of the preceding ways, reach out to one of our skilled Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys to discuss how you should proceed.
What do I do if I was involved in an electrocution accident on a construction site?
If you were involved in an electrocution accident on a construction site, you may be entitled to some sort of compensation, so long as you can prove that there was negligence by another party that ultimately caused your injury.
If you were electrocuted as an employee who was working on the construction site, you will likely handle your claim through workers’ compensation. If successful, your claim can recover benefits for expenses such as medical bills related to your injury or lost income while you recover. The statute of limitations in California for a workers’ compensation claim is one year from the date of the accident. This is in addition to your obligation to report your injuries to your employer in a prompt manner.
On the other hand, if you were just a passerby and had no other work-ties to the site but somehow became injured by electrocution, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. This case allows you to recover additional benefits not available through worker’s compensation, such as for damages of emotional distress or pain and suffering. However, if you were trespassing on a private construction site without authorization and became injured, you might not have a case. The statute of limitations in California for a premises liability claim is two years from the date of the accident.
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