Ladders are already inherently dangerous, and if a person is on a ladder and touches specific wiring or is out in hazardous weather, there is a greater chance they may suffer electrocution while on a ladder. If you suffered severe injuries related to electrocution on a ladder, a Los Angeles worker electrocuted on ladder lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you file a personal injury claim. Call (800) 529-9122 today for a free consultation.
Understanding Electrical Risks
Any person working on a project in a home or as a worker in a business can receive exposure to electricity in many ways during their course of working on a project. If a person stands in any kind of water with an electrical current or gets struck by lightning outside, they will likely suffer serious injuries. Another way that people remain exposed and at risk of electrocution is through the use of ladders coming into direct contact with either exposed electrical wires or power lines. Ladders are typically made of metal, which becomes energized through exposed electricity. If a person is on a ladder at the time of this electrical exposure, they may suffer from electric shock resulting in serious injuries or death.
Injuries Resulting From Electrocution on a Ladder
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, during the years 1992 to 2010, 2,432 construction workers died from electrocution on the job. Between 2008 and 2010, deaths by electrocution accounted for 9.3% (252 deaths) of the total fatal injuries in the construction industry. However, construction workers are not the only ones to receive serious injuries or deaths from electrocution. Homeowners and workers that need to travel to businesses or private residences working on projects, emergency workers, electricians, firefighters, and police officers also experience injuries resulting from electrocution, often on a ladder. Some of the types of injuries resulting from electrocution on a ladder include:
- Burns (up to third-degree burns)
- Skin lacerations
- Heart problems (from arrhythmia to complete heart failure)
- Muscle paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractured bones (due to the fall from the ladder)
- Spinal cord, or neck and head damage (due to the fall from the ladder)
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding (due to the fall from the ladder)
If you suffered any of these types of injuries related to your electrocution on a ladder, a Los Angeles worker electrocuted on ladder lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you receive compensation.
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Determining Liability and Employer Obligations
All employers must take safety precautions to keep their workers safe from electrocution, especially on ladders, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, many people suffer from electrocution on a ladder outside their place of employment. If you suffered injuries related to electrocution on a ladder, consider the following questions:
- Did any person act negligently or recklessly while you were on a ladder and while you potentially suffered exposure to wiring or possible lightning?
- Did the homeowner or property owner fail to warn you of exposed wiring or fail to warn you of any danger of electrocution?
- Did a homeowner or property owner fail to warn or inform you of any possible underground power lines, hidden power lines, or any other source of electricity prior to you climbing a ladder and engaging in a project or repair?
- Was the ladder defectively designed, manufactured, or developed by a manufacturing company?
Determining any homeowner or property owner obligations and liability may result in a lengthy and complicated investigation.
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Steps to Take Following an Electrocution on a Ladder
If you suffered any injuries as a result of electrocution on a ladder, make sure to follow these steps:
Notify the Property Owner
Always notify the property owner as soon as possible following your accident. If you are immediately taken to an emergency room for treatment, simply notify the property owner as soon as you are able to do so following your electrocution on a ladder.
Receive Medical Evaluation and Treatment
The best practice is to receive medical evaluation and treatment immediately following an accident. However, if you have not yet seen a medical practitioner, it is never too late to do so. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to receive an evaluation and treatment. This will ensure your health remains a priority and that any possible serious injuries receive a proper diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, victims of serious accidents do not feel their injuries until much later. Therefore, even if you did not seek immediate medical care, you should do so at your earliest convenience. Additionally, this will establish your medical condition and allow you to pursue a personal injury claim in the future.
You will need to gather all witness information at some point following the accident. If you received severe injuries as a result of your electrocution and needed immediate medical attention, you can gather contact information at any time following your accident. These witnesses may need to provide information regarding the accident for your personal injury claim.
Evidence and Documentation
In many cases, your injuries will be so severe that you will remain unable to collect any evidence or documentation at the scene of the accident. However, you may have the ability to see if any surrounding businesses or residences have any surveillance footage of the scene of the accident during the time of your injury. Additionally, if any person took photographs following the accident, this may help your personal injury claim as well.
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How a Los Angeles Worker Electrocuted on Ladder Lawyer Can Help You
You likely suffered serious injuries related to your electrocution on a ladder, resulting in significant medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Learn how a Los Angeles worker electrocuted on ladder lawyer can help you build a case by contacting our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 529-9122 today.