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Electrocution & Electric Burn Injury Claims in California

Electrocution and electrical burns are regarded as damage that occurs to either the skin or internal organs following a person’s direct contact with an electrical current. Electrocution is the fifth leading cause of work-related injury deaths throughout the United States. Even when the victim does not die, they may experience severe burns, heart attacks, broken bone, busies, and spinal and neurological damage. Electrocution deaths and injuries are most likely to happen to utility workers, electricians, and individuals who work in the construction industry. However, it is possible for anyone to suffer an injury or wrongful death through electrocution and electric burns. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an electrocution, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law. An attorney can assess your case and help determine if the electrocution or burn was due to another party’s negligence, and if so, can seek compensation for your damages. HOW ELECTRICTY CAN DAMAGE THE BODY Electrical burns are a result of electrocution. These burns are different from both chemical and thermal burns, as they cause subdermal damage. While electrical burns can cause surface damage, they often damage tissues deep under the skin. These burns can result in a wide range of damages, and in the extreme can cause shock to the brain, injuries to other organs, and even strain to the heart that may lead to death. In addition to damage to the skin, body systems which can be damaged include: Cardiovascular system: The heart is at risk for experiencing severe trauma due to electrocution. It is common for electrocution to result in asystole, which is when there is an absence of cardiac rhythm. This is also known as ventricular fibrillation, which can create rhythms that can be fatal is not treated promptly. Central nervous system: When the current from electricity passes through the body, this can damage both the spinal court and the brain. When this happens, the victim may be unconscious, experience amnesia or be confused about what happened. Long term issues such as psychiatric problems, delayed spinal cord issues, seizures, and damage to the brain and peripheral nerves may occur. Respiratory system: While the lungs are not commonly damaged by electrical currents, injuries can result when a current passes through eh chest or through the brain area that controls breathing. This can lead to difficulty breathing. Musculoskeletal system: Following electrocution, the muscles can suffer damage as a result of the prolonged tetany that can lead to kidney damage and even rhabdomyolysis. ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME Electrical burns and electrocution can happen in a variety of ways. They can take place in the workplace as well as in residential areas and in homes. Examples include: When high voltage power lines are left hanging low near homes When construction professionals or contractors making in-home repairs are negligent and leave power cords near water or fail to cut the power while making repairs. Defective products in the home, such as curling irons, power tools and hair dryers can also cause electrical injuries. REACH OUT TO AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED AN INJURY DUE TO ELECTRICAL BURNS If you or a family member has suffered from an electrical burn, reach out to an attorney. Electrical injury and electrocution cases can be extremely complex and often require special expertise. An attorney can best ensure you receive any and all compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering.

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Construction Accident Injury in California

Construction work is one of the most dangerous of all professions. Not only are there frequent accidents, but the injuries sustained are often severe or catastrophic. Construction accident litigation is complicated because it can involve multiple defendants and causes of action. That’s why it’s important to hire a construction accident attorney in California with a great deal of experience with this type of case.   What Causes Construction Accidents? Even when construction companies take all the proper precautions to protect workers, accidents still occur due to the inherently dangerous nature of the work. Here are some examples are common types of construction accidents:   Electrocutions: Frayed wires, faulty connections, inclement weather and other factors cause workers to suffer severe burns that can require weeks, months or even years of medical treatment. Electrocution can also cause neurological damage and other injuries. Falls From Heights: Some of the most severe injuries are caused by falls from ladders, roofs and scaffolding, accounting for close to a quarter of construction accident injuries. Falls from heights can cause spinal cord injuries with paralysis and traumatic brain injuries with loss of cognition. Injuries From Falling Objects: When equipment is improperly secured or workers are negligent, workers below can be injured when objects that fall onto their bodies. The impact from an object can increase exponentially as it falls, causing severe traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries even to workers wearing a hard hat. Explosions and Fires: The use of solvents and other flammable construction materials can result in explosions and fires that cause third or fourth degree burns that can require skin grafting and other extensive surgeries for months or years. Malfunctioning Equipment: Many construction accident injuries are caused by faulty forklifts, dumpsters, cranes, nail guns and other power tools. Accidents are also caused by improper training in the use of equipment. Building and Trench Collapse Accidents: Many catastrophic or fatal injuries are caused by sudden collapses of buildings that are under construction or being prepared for demolition. Trenches that are built by workers to begin the construction process sometimes cave in, causing serious injuries.   Construction Accidents Are Complicated Due to the severe, catastrophic or fatal nature of many construction accidents, it’s necessary for construction accident attorneys in California to identify every possible defendant in order to collect the large amounts of money needed to fully compensate victims. For example, a forklift accident could have many responsible parties such as:   The driver of the forklift, who may or may not be employed by the same company as the injured worker; The manufacturer of the forklift that could be responsible for a defective design or manufacturing process; The mechanic that last inspected or repaired the forklift or A company that provided training for the forklift driver.   In order to successfully investigate and prosecute the responsible parties, a construction accident injury attorney in California must have a great deal of experience with this type of case.

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When Can you Sue Your Employer for a Work Related Injury?

The basic rule in California is that collecting workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for workers injured on the job. That said, there are plenty of exceptions that will allow workers to sue their employers. Too many workers lose out on the large amount of compensation they can collect for pain, suffering and mental anguish when they meet the requirements for an exception to workers compensation as an exclusive remedy. So, if you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to speak to an experienced work injury attorney to discuss your legal rights to monetary compensation by suing your employer.   Exemptions To California Workers Compensation As An Exclusive Remedy Intentional Assault: An employer can be held liable for assaulting an employee. You can also sue your employer for an assault by another employee, if the employer ratified the attack. Dual Capacity: This exception allows workers to sue their employer when they are harmed by , but not in the course of their employment. For example, a nurse that’s being treated as a patient at the hospital is not performing her duties at the time and can sue the hospital for negligence or malpractice. It can also apply if a worker slips and falls while off duty or is injured by a product that was manufactured by the employer such as a malfunctioning hair dryer that’s used at home. Fraudulent Concealment: If the employer tries to cover up an accident and injury, and this cover up causes the injury to be aggravated or worsened, the employer can be sued for the additional harm the fraud and concealment caused. Power Press Guard Failure to Install or Removal: This is a very specific law in response to employers not installing or removing guards to increase productivity. Employers can now be sued for injuries sustained if they engage in this conduct. Uninsured Employer: When an employer fails to provide workers compensation insurance, they can be sued for injuries sustained by workers on the job.   California Worker Injury Attorney The best way to find out if you can sue your employer for a work related injury is to speak to an experienced California worker injury attorney to discuss your legal rights to monetary compensation.

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