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Electrocution Accident Lawyers in Florida
In the United States, the second leading cause of worker deaths is electrocution. A safety report by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration stated that there were nearly 4,7000 on-the-job fatalities in 2010, and that 76 of these deaths stemmed from electrocution.
State and federal building codes have been put in place to prevent injuries resulting from shock and electrocution accidents. This is because both the immediate and long-term effects of electric shock or electrocution can be catastrophic. A victim may have to deal with scarring, nerve damage, and possibly even brain damage. Other injuries include respiratory failure, amputations, heart attacks, internal organ damage, severe burns, and often even death.
Victims and their families may be overwhelmed with the damage resulting from an electrocution accident, and may not know what to do next or where to turn for help. If you or a loved one is a victim of electrocution, call an accident attorney from The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard as soon as possible. We have assisted injury victims from South Florida and the Treasure Coast for over 30 years.
Causes of Electrocution Injuries
Electrocution accidents can occur almost anywhere, at home, in the workplace, in water, at construction sites, and even on ladders. Of course, the extent of the damage from this form of accident is dependent on factors such as the strength of the current and the amount of time exposed to the current, even the shortest exposure to a mild current can result in serious injuries.
While such scenarios can truly be a coincidence, or freak accident in some instances, there might be an external party or parties responsible. A victim may suffer electric shock because of the negligence of a power company, for example, or because of the actions or inaction of a careless neighbor.
Among the common causes of electrocution injuries in residential and commercial buildings across Florida and the rest of the country are:
- Improper wiring
- Damaged electrical cords
- Failure to comply with safety regulations
- Lack of proper insulation on electrical lines
- Contact with charged metal structures
- Building too close to power lines
- Electrical fires
- Weather-related scenarios
Call a Florida Electrocution Accident Lawyer Today
At The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, we understand the devastation that both you and your family are going through after being electrocuted. It is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible to see if you have a legal claim for compensation.
We have helped numerous accident and injury victims from all over South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Call us toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 or complete our contact form and allow us to put our 30 years experience to work for you.