Am I Eligible for Workers Compensation for Electric Shock at Work

Am I eligible for workers’ compensation for electric shock at work? You are probably asking this question because you suffered electric shock at work, and you want to know if this makes you eligible for workers’ compensation.

Electric shock happens when you come in contact with an electrical energy source. Electrical energy goes through a part of your body that results in electric shock.

Electric shock on the job is something that can take place in many different kinds of work. The reason for this is that the human body is a conductor of electricity, and electric current has no trouble going all through a human body.

Several things

There are several different things that can bring about electric shock at work. Some of these include extension cords, power lines, downed power lines, electric appliances and electrical outlets. In addition, thunderstorms and lightning also pose a risk for electric shock at work.

While electric shock may occur in almost any type of work, there are jobs that involve a higher risk. Some of these are:

Utility workers
Electricians
Carpenters
Medical workers
Construction workers
Manufacturing workers
Roofers
Maintenance workers
Firefighters.

Electric shock may cause only minor discomfort and no injury. However, it can also result in serious, debilitating injuries. Some of these injuries include:

Burns
Broken bones
Damage to internal organs
Nerve, muscle and tissue damage
Seizures
Respiratory arrest
Cardiac arrhythmias
Cardiac arrest.

The injuries that result from electric shock may bring about several different signs and symptoms. Some of these include:

Difficulty breathing
Shortness of breath
Headache
Problems with hearing, vision or swallowing
A weak, erratic pulse or no pulse at all
Confusion
Severe pain
Numbness or tingling
Muscles pain and contractions
Loss of consciousness.

In many instances, electric shock occurs in a purely accidental way that could not have been reasonably prevented. However, in other cases, electric shock may have been prevented. In such cases, electric shock may have been brought about by failure to follow safety guidelines, negligence on the part of an individual or defective machinery.

Again, you may have been injured from electric shock at work and are wondering if this makes you eligible for workers’ compensation. If your injury has caused you to miss weeks or months of work, or has brought about some type of permanent disability, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation.

The key

The key is that you suffered electric shock while you were doing your job for your employer. This means your injury was work related, and almost all work-related injuries are covered by workers’ compensation.

Another good thing about workers’ compensation is that it does not make any difference whose fault it was that you were injured from electric shock. Even if it was your own fault, although there can be exceptions, fault is not an issue when if comes to workers’ compensation.

If you are having any kind of problems getting the workers’ compensation you are entitled to or your employer is trying to keep you from getting workers’ compensation, the right thing to do is to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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