Electrical Hazards in the Workplace
Virtually every modern work environment relies, in some degree, on the presence of electricity and electrical devices. Lights, computers, telephone systems, and countless other items that have become integrated into the course of operation are tremendously helpful.
However, electrical current does not come without its own share of potential danger for the workers whose jobs place them in close proximity with wiring, outlets, or electrically dependent devices. An errant arc or overworked circuitry can cause serious injury or death, so it is important for employees to actively monitor their surroundings.
If you have suffered an electric shock in the workplace and sustained injuries that require medical treatment, then you most likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to learn how we can help you to overcome the objections of an adversarial insurance company.
No Laughing Matter
Although many children find it entertaining to shock each other with static electricity, the strength of the currents that are likely to be encountered in a work-related electrical shock are far greater and may prove fatal. Negligent maintenance of outlets, wiring, and office machines can dramatically increase the likelihood that a worker will be struck by an electrically-related workplace injury. Possible effects of an electric shock include:
- Severe internal burns
- Ventricular fibrillation (interference with the proper function of the heart)
- Loss of consciousness (which can result in brain injury)
- Nerve damage
It is important that you have the treatment and time necessary to recover from your electrical injury and it is equally important to ensure that your family’s financial needs are met while you are unable to work at full capacity. Contact the Des Moines electrical injuries lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to protect your interests.