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Staten Island Electrocution Accident

Electricity has become an integral component of our daily lives, but our continued interaction with it often causes us to forget the severe consequences that can occur due to negligence or contact with electrical current. Electrical shocks, causing debilitating injuries to your body and organs, can drastically alter the quality of your like. Victims of electrical accidents often sustain permanent damage to their skin, nervous system, hearing or vision. Additionally, contact with electrical current can cause seizures, heart attacks, and paralysis and in certain cases, even death. In the case that you do survive contact with an electrical current, you are likely to suffer the effects for the rest of your life.

In the case that you, or a loved one, have sustained an injury due to an electrocution accident contact our attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool today to consult with our legal team. Your injuries might have occurred due to the negligence of others. Our team of attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool is dedicated to uncovering the truth and seeking justice and will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident.

Causes of Electrical Accidents

Electrical accidents are often the result of negligence and labor law violations, particularly on construction work sites. In households, individual can sustain electrical injuries though contact with electrical outlets and appliances causing burns and damage to the muscles and/or nerves. Construction workers are particularly prone to sustaining electrocution injuries due to the nature of their work.

Common causes of electrical injuries include:

  • Improperly discarded extension cords
  • Exposed wires
  • Fallen telephone lines
  • Electrical outlets placed in unsafe locations
  • Shorts in electrical appliances due to manufactured defects
  • Faulty wiring in hot tubs or pools
  • Commercial equipment malfunctioning

In order to determine whether or not your accident was caused due to negligence, our legal team at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and whether or not and labor law violations had occurred.

Nature of Compensation

The nature of the compensation received varies on a case-by-case basis. Construction workers and other victims of electrical injuries are entitled to receive compensation for all accident-related expenses. This pertains to both economic and non-economic expenses for past, current as well as future costs. Victims may be able to receive compensation for the following expenses:

  • Medical bills and expenses: As a result of the injuries sustained, victims often have to undergo extensive treatment, surgeries and rehabilitation. Inn certain cases, insurance companies will not cover the full costs of these treatments. Individuals who file a personal injury claim may be able to recover compensation for past, current and foreseeable medical expenses that have arisen as a result of the injuries in question.
  • Lost Wages: Victims of electrical accidents, particularly construction works often miss work because of the injuries that they have sustained. In the case of missing work, union benefits and workers’ compensation may be lost. Compensation for lost benefits and income, past, current and future may be recovered through a personal injury claim.
  • Pain and Suffering: This is considered a noneconomic damage and pertains to the emotional suffering and long-term pain that you are forced to endure as a result of the injuries sustained. Emotional pain and suffering can be quantified by looking at costs of therapy, duration of suffering and other such aspects.
  • Wrongful Death: In the case that a victim passes away due to an electrical accident, the family of the victim has the option to bring forth a claim on behalf of the individual. Compensation can include lost wages, loss of consortium and funeral expenses.

At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool we retain a team of experts in the medical and financial fields to accurately assess the amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Our specialists take in to account all of your past and future needs in order to deduce your deserved compensation that will ensure that you lead a comfortable life following your injury. Members of our team are former insurance defense lawyers, which means that we are familiar with how insurance adjustors handle and evaluate claims. We know how much a settlement can mean for you and you family's quality of life, and we go above and beyond to protect your future.

New York Labor Laws

New York State has instituted strict labor laws that aim to protect workers on jobsites. In the case that a property owner or contractor found to be in violation of a labor law that caused an injury, they can be held legally and financially liable for injuries that you have sustained.

Relevant New York labor laws include:

  • New York Labor Law 200: According to this law, supervisors and site owners are legally required to maintain a safe work environment.
  • New York Labor Law 241 (6): In the case that a property owner or general contractor is found to be in violation of an industrial code rule, either during the construction, demolition or excavation phase of a project, they may be held liable for their negligent actions.

Even in the case that the victim themselves caused the injury, property owners and general contractors may still be held liable if a violation of an industrial code occurred. Thus, be cause of the complex and nuanced nature of New York personal injury and labor laws it is imperative that you retain an experienced attorney from the Queller, Fisher Washor, Fuchs & Kool legal team to represent you.

Contact Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool Today

A personal injury claim can help you claim compensation in addition to restoring a sense of justice within society. Negligent individuals should be held accountable for their recklessness and poor judgment, both in the legal and financial domain. It is imperative that you hold this individual accountable in order to prevent a similar incident from occurring to another unassuming victim.

At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool we accept cases on a contingent fees basis. That is, no monetary compensation is expected of you unless and until our firm is able to a secure a monetary settlement on your behalf. Even then, our legal fees are a mere fraction of your compensation. If you, or a loved one, have sustained an injury an electrocution accident due to the negligence of another do not hesitate to called our New York law office today at 212.406.1700 or contact us online, to schedule a free appointment and discuss your legal options.

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