Common Injuries From Electrical Accidents

Accidents that involve electricity are dangerous, unpredictable, and can result in serious injuries. Because electrical hazards are common in certain workplaces, the US Department of Labor has published a guide to help protect those who work around electricity. This guide is also helpful for anyone who wants to know how to avoid electrical injuries.

Where to Watch for Electrical Accidents

Although an electrical accident can happen anywhere, certain scenarios pose especially high risks. Common locations of dangerous electrical accidents include:

  • Industrial manufacturing sites – electrical accidents are common in manufacturing workplaces with high voltage machinery. These accidents typically occur due to inadequate safety measures, failure to properly maintain equipment, and improper training or supervision of workers.
  • Construction sites may have ungrounded live wires left unattended, as well as high voltage. Never enter a construction site without authorization or allow children to play around construction sites.
  • Near water – whether by the pool or the bathroom sink, electrical devices and circuits pose additional dangers near water. Hair dryers in particular use a surprisingly high voltage and can cause electrocution when exposed to water.
  • Overloaded power strips – if you do not have enough accessible outlets, it’s tempting to plug everything into one power strip. However, doing so causes a risk of an electrical fire.

Electrical Accident Injuries

Regardless of how an accident occurs, the electrical injuries can be severe. Common injuries in electrical accidents include:

  • Burns – electrical burns can be extremely serious, sometimes requiring amputation. Current may travel deep into bones and tissues, causing irreparable internal damage.
  • Electrocution, brain damage, and death – these are terrifying but unfortunately common results of electric shock, especially if the current passes through the accident victim’s head to the ground.
  • Nerve and/or tissue damage – these injuries can take a long time to heal or be permanent.
  • Heart failure – an electric shock can cause your heart to stop momentarily or permanently.

These injuries are especially dangerous for young children, who suffer serous injuries even from low voltage accidents. If you or a family member has been injured in an electrical accident, seek medical attention right away. Ensure a medical professional performs a thorough examination to determine if there are any unseen injuries or symptoms that could lead to critical issues in the future. Make sure to follow doctor’s orders and watch for any signs of infection or other complications.

A New Orleans, LA Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Sustaining an electrical injury can be devastating and cause permanent damage. If you have been hurt in an electrical accident that may have been someone else’s fault, or took place on someone else’s property, it’s important to understand your rights to just compensation. At Egenberg, APLC, we pride ourselves on advocating for the rights of accident victims and helping them recover just compensation for their injuries. To learn more about your options, reach out to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at 504-229-5700 or contact us online today.

Were You Hurt on Vacation?

Many people come to New Orleans over the winter holidays, for Mardi Gras, or for spring break. Similarly, many people from New Orleans travel during these times to escape to the mountains to ski, go on a cruise, or enjoy a peaceful beach. No matter where you go on vacation or how you get there, it’s important to realize the risk of accidents and injuries.

Travel accidents – Whether you take a road trip, hop a plane, or take a bus or train, accidents can happen while traveling. Traveling by car often means long hours on unfamiliar highways and roads. Other drivers may act negligently and crash into your car, disrupting your vacation before it ever began. While plane, train, and bus crashes are rarer than car accidents, there are other ways to be injured. You could have an accident boarding, you could slip and fall in an aisle, or suffer other types of injuries outside of a crash.

Injuries at hotels – Many people stay at hotels or resorts during their vacations that often have a great number of amenities. Swimming pools, spas, bars and restaurants, fitness centers, and shuttle transportation can make your stay enjoyable, but they can also present the opportunity for accidental injuries. Hotels and resorts are legally expected to keep the premises in safe condition and when they fail to do so, guests can be seriously injured and the hotel should be held liable for all injury-related losses.

Cruise ship injuries – Cruises are fun for the whole family, as there is so much to do and see on and off the cruise ship. These massive ships have pools, hot tubs, clubs, restaurants, climbing walls, and so much more. People can slip and fall, get food poisoning, suffer swimming pool accidents, get injured embarking or debarking the ship, or even tragically fall overboard. Cruise ship accident cases can often be more complicated than traditional personal injury cases, as they may be governed by international maritime law, or choice of law clauses made a valid part of your ticket contract. You need an attorney on your side who fully understands your rights under these laws and how to successfully bring this type of claim.

The above are only some of the many ways that an injury can put a damper on your vacation. You are already dealing with an injury and the last thing you want is to be dealing with is an ongoing legal battle. Instead, enlist the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who can handle all aspects of your case for you and seek the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.

Contact a New Orleans Personal Injury Law Firm for Assistance Today

At the law office of Egenberg, APLC, we handle complex personal injury cases including those involving cruise ships and other vacation-related accidents. We can evaluate your rights under the law and advise you of your options to recover financially for your medical bills and other losses. Contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 to schedule your free consultation.