How Does An Electrical Injury Usually Occur?

by Terry Bryant

Even though the accident may only last for a brief moment, an electrical injury can change a person’s life forever. The human body is dangerously conductive, so the effects of a shock may not even be known until weeks after the accident occurs. However, there are typically a number of immediate effects as well, such as severe burns and nerve damage. In some cases, a shock may disable a victim’s heart or lungs, and cause significant cognitive disruption. As such, it is important that this primal energy be kept in check at all times.

When an electrical injury occurs, it’s usually because someone made a costly mistake. Faulty wiring, poor equipment maintenance, downed power lines and inadequate warning signage are all common causes of an accident. If the accident was caused by a defective product, then the manufacturer or designer will likely shoulder the blame for any damages. If the accident occurred on a worksite, then the contractor responsible for creating the dangerous situation will be culpable. For example, construction sites may employ dozens of contractors at once to fill a number of roles. If a contractor is tasked to set up wiring or a control box, then they will have to do it according to OSHA’s standards. Unfortunately, many choose not to do so and put others at risk as a result.

If an electrical shock has harmed a person, an expert witness may need to testify on their behalf. An expert can help investigate the accident and determine the cause. This testimony will be extremely valuable when it comes time to settle or argue in court, and an attorney can help find the right witness for a victim.