Who Is Liable for an Electrical Accident in the Workplace?
Employees in many industries are at risk of electric shock while at work, utility workers more so than others. They often come into contact with frayed cords, damaged wires, and other faulty equipment.
Seeing how severe the injuries from electrical accidents can be, workers must understand their full legal rights. Assuring maximum compensation is the least you should expect if you suffered an electrical accident at work.
Of course, just because you suffered an electrical accident doesn’t mean you have a valid claim. So let’s take a look at the compensation you’re entitled to below.
Victims of Electrical Accidents May Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation
In most states, the employer provides workers’ compensation benefits for their employees. This is usually the most immediate source of compensation.
On the downside, workers’ comp prohibits the employee from suing after an electrical accident. This makes worker’s compensation the only claim for benefits for an employee. Keep in mind that this solely applies to claims against the employer. The workers’ compensation system doesn’t apply to contractors, subcontractors, or non-employer third parties.
The employer isn’t the only one who can be held responsible for electrical accidents. Let’s analyze this in the below section.
Liability and Claims for Compensation
While the workers’ compensation system prevents workers from suing their employer in most cases, other parties may still be held responsible. Contractors and subcontractors might be liable for your accident as well.
For instance, if your accident was caused by a machine, you can sue the manufacturer or company responsible for equipment maintenance.
Similarly, you might have a claim if the electric shock was caused by a contractor. If the electric hazard resulted from said contractor not following regulations, he or she can be held liable for your injuries.
Regardless of the responsible party, an injured worker can make claims to compensate for his or her pain, lost wages, and medical bills. This includes claims for past and future pain, as well as the necessary medical treatment.
What to Do After Suffering an Electrical Injury?
If you were the unfortunate victim of an electrical injury at your workplace, you might be eligible for compensation. You’ll need workers’ comp benefits to support yourself and your family through these difficult times. To make sure you have a valid claim, you need a specialized attorney to assess your case.
At Daniella Levi & Associates, we have dedicated construction lawyers to help you navigate the murky waters of your case. We’ll take a close look at the extent of your injuries, the liable parties, and the amount of benefits to which you’re entitled.
Call us today and book a free consultation with our expert construction attorneys.