Electricians have dangerous jobs as they handle the installation and repair of wiring, electrical fixtures, light systems, and industrial machinery. They are often around live electrical currents as well, and because of the nature of their work, electricians can suffer serious on-the-job injuries.
Common Work-Related Injuries for Electricians
If you are an electrician and suffered an injury or illness because of your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can cover the cost of your medical expense, lost wages, and damages. Common injuries electricians suffer on the job include (but are not limited to):
- Electrical burns. Electricians can suffer from direct contact with an electrical current or from an electrical explosion. Burn injuries can range in severity based on the size of the electrical current and the length of the exposure. In severe cases, the burns can lead to permanent scarring, and burns can also have secondary complications such as infection and loss of muscle function. Exposure to an electrical current for too long can also lead to death. It is important to note that families can file workers’ compensation claims for death benefits that cover funeral and burial expenses.
- Electric shock. An electrician’s hands may be shocked, and electrical shocks can lead to muscle weakness or a permanent tingling sensation in the hands, which affects their ability to work.
- Shrapnel injuries. Electricians can suffer from lacerations, bruises, and internal injuries if there is an electrical explosion or if they suffer a slip-and-fall accident.
- Hearing loss. If an electrical shock or explosion occurs, the noise and/or current can affect a person’s hearing. While an electrician may develop tinnitus, which is a consistent ringing or sound in the ear, they may also suffer from permanent or temporary hearing loss.
- Soft tissue damage. Because of the repetitive motion and exertion required for the job, electricians may suffer soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, and/or torn ligaments. In some cases, these injuries can require surgery and rehab.
- Mesothelioma. If an electrician works on an older building, they may be exposed to asbestos in the wiring or insulation. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious respiratory and breathing issues, including mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of a person’s abdomen and/or lungs.
Injured in a Work-Related Accident? Contact Our Firm.
McHargue & Jones, LLC is dedicated to helping those who have been injured on the job pursue compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. If you or a loved one have been injured while working as an electrician, you can trust our team to help you understand your options and legal rights.
We understand how scary and frustrating it can be to suffer an injury that affects your ability to work and provide for yourself and/or your family. Our firm is here to help you make the most of your claim and can handle the legalities while you take time to recover.
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