An electrical injury on a construction site could happen due to contact with a defective power tool, exposed wiring, frayed cords or high voltage power lines. This contact could happen due to negligence or the use of defective equipment. In either case, the result is the same. A worker is exposed to an electrical current and sustains a serious injury.
Exposure to electrical current can result in:
- Burns-These can be both to the skin and internally.
- Electrical shock-Current enters the body, where it can damage muscle and cause heart and breathing problems.
- Falls-This can happen if a worker was elevated when contact was made, leading to broken bones and other injuries.
- Electrocution-Contact with a fatal amount of electricity.
Workers who survive contact with electrical current may require medical treatment that includes surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy and medication. They may be unable to work while they recover from their injuries, resulting in lost income. This may cause them to worry about how they will support their families.
In Mississippi, workers who are injured on the job are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. It doesn't matter how the accident happened or who was responsible for it. The cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment is covered. In addition, the injured worker can collect partial wages while left unable to return to work.
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Even so, many claims are often denied. Employers and insurance companies may challenge your claim for benefits. They may claim your accident was not work-related, question whether certain medical treatment is necessary or question the extent of your workplace injury. They may also insist that you are ready to return to work, even though you are still recovering.
Our firm has been helping injured workers get the workers' compensation benefits they deserve for many years. Our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of the claims process and what it takes to file a successful appeal. We litigate the majority of claims we handle, because we are only interested in getting you the best possible outcome.
If you were injured in work-related electrical accident, call us at (601) 944-9588 to speak with one of our attorneys. We offer a free consultation. Contact our law firm today.