Houston Electrical Injury Lawyers
Skilled advocacy for Texas workers who suffer electrical injuries and accidents
Electrical injuries can happen in any industry. The most common industries where electrical accidents do happen, however, include work involving power lines or electronic tools or equipment. An electric current can run through a worker’s body when exposed to wires and cables or even when changing a light bulb. Many electrical accidents cause permanent injuries and, tragically, some electrical accidents are fatal.
At Kishinevsky Law Firm, our Houston worksite injury lawyers will work to identify all liable parties in your accident claim. We’ll also work with your doctors to verify your injuries, what type of medical care you’ll need, and the cost of that care. Finally, we’ll review when you can return to work and whether you have a permanent disability. Our lawyers are skilled at the strategies insurance companies and opposing counsel use to try to deny or reduce your claim.
How common are fatal electrical accidents?
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reports that for 2020, nationwide:
- 126 people died due to electrical fatalities.
- Exposure to electrical currents accounted for just 2.6% of these fatalities.
- 5.3% of all electrical accidents were fatal.
- The age group with the most fatal electrical accidents is 25 to 34.
- Hispanic or Latino workers accounted for 40% of electrical fatalities.
- The “top 3” occupations with the deadliest electrical fatalities were as follows:
- Construction and Extraction: 44%
- Installation, Maintenance, and Repair: 20%
- Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance: 13%
What are the causes of Houston electrical accidents?
The common causes of electrical accidents at work, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), are:
- Contact with power lines. Overhead lines and buried power lines have high voltages, which can be fatal, or cause burns and falls. Workers may come into contact with power lines while on scaffolds, doing utility work, working on cranes or backhoes, working with metals, and for other reasons.
- Lack of ground-fault protection. Normal wear and tear can cause “insulation breaks, short-circuits, and exposed wires.” OSHA further states, “If there is no ground-fault protection, these can cause a ground-fault that sends current through the worker's body, resulting in electrical burns, explosions, fire, or death.”
- Path to ground missing or discontinuous. If the power supply to the electrical equipment isn’t grounded or there is a broken path, “fault current may travel through a worker's body, causing electrical burns or death…Electrical equipment can instantly change from safe to hazardous because of extreme conditions and rough treatment.”
- The equipment isn’t used properly. Machinery, equipment, and tools should be used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Improper use can cause the product’s safety features to fail.
- Improper use of extension and flexible cords. Some additional reasons why electrical injuries may occur include product defects, outlets that are exposed, power surges, and many other causes.
What injuries do electrical accidents cause?
At Kishinevsky Law Firm, our Houston electrical injury lawyers represent workers who suffer any type of harm, including:
- Electric shock
- Breathing and respiratory disorders
- Heart failure
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injury damage
- Vision and hearing loss
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord damage
We also represent families when a family worker dies while working to support his/her family.
Electrical injuries should be examined and treated immediately. Delays in treatment may be fatal. Many workers with electrical injuries require surgery and long-term physical and occupational therapy. Some workers may be permanently disabled.
How can a Houston injury attorney help me after a worksite accident?
If you are injured at work, you have a few different options for pursuing compensation for those injuries in the State of Texas. Our lawyers focus on helping individuals injured at work who cannot make a claim for worker’s compensation because their employers were not subscribers to Texas Workers’ Compensation Insurance at the time of the injury-causing event.
- If your employer was not a subscriber to Texas Workers Compensation Insurance, you could file a personal injury lawsuit. For a work-related injury, you will likely allege:
- Negligence against an individual or entity who caused you harm (or whose actions or inactions put you in a position to be harmed);
- Product liability, should your injuries arise from a defective product or a product which failed to warn you of potential risks during its use; and/or
- Premises liability, which holds property owners and managers accountable when they fail keep their environment safe.
If your loved one is killed on a worksite, you can file a survival action (on behalf of your loved one’s estate) and a wrongful death action, which seeks damages for the losses of spouses, parents, and/or children of the deceased. We can explain what your options are during a free consultation, so that you can make the best possible decisions about your future.
Do you have an electrical injury lawyer near me?
Our Houston worksite accident attorneys meet workers and families at 13831 Northwest Fwy, Suite 312 in Houston. There’s plenty of parking, You can also reach Kishinevsky Law Firm by bus. We can make alternate arrangements if you’re ill or immobile. These arrangements include home visits, meeting you at a healthcare facility, at your home, by telephone, or through a Zoom chat. We’re here for you.
Our lawyers are experienced personal injury lawyers who will fight to obtain the recovery you deserve.
Speak with our respected Houston electrical injury lawyers today
Don’t suffer when you have rights. At Kishinevsky Law Firm, our Houston worksite accident lawyers will guide you through the claims process, starting with reviewing the type of medical care you are receiving. If your doctors aren’t helping, we’ll fight to help you get the medical care you need. We’ll fight to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Although many claims do settle, we are always ready to try your claim in court. Phone our Houston office today or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.