If you suffered an electrocution injury on a construction site, whether you were a worker or passerby, continue reading to see how one of the experienced Howard County construction accident attorneys can help you determine whether you should file a workers’ compensation, personal injury, or third-party claim.
What are the frequent causalities of electrocution accidents on construction sites?
Construction workers and passersby entering construction sites can sustain electrocution injuries through a number of circumstances. Most of them are due to negligence by the employer or code violations. Common situations that workers or passersby may face are as follows:
- Contact with overhead or buried power lines.
- Contact with energized sources.
- Improper use or discarding of extension cords.
- Fallen power lines.
- Electrical overloads.
- Exposed wires.
- Electrical outlets in unsafe locations.
Additionally, electrocution accidents are frequently due to negligence by a third-party manufacturer. Below are examples:
- Malfunctions of commercial equipment due to manufacturing defects.
- Shorts of electrical tools due to faulty parts.
If you have sustained injuries in any of the above ways, reach out to a skilled Howard County personal injury lawyer to discuss how you should proceed.
What do I do if I was involved in an electrocution accident on a construction site?
If you were electrocuted while on the job due to an employer’s negligence, you can likely file a workers’ compensation claim. If successful, your claim can recover benefits for expenses such as medical bills related to your injury or lost income while you recover. The statute of limitations in Maryland for a workers’ compensation claim is one year from the date of the accident. This is in addition to your obligation to report your injuries to your employer in a prompt manner, so reach out to one of the seasoned Howard County workers’ compensation attorneys today.
On the other hand, if your accident was due to a manufacturer’s negligence, you will have to file a third-party claim.
And if you were just a passerby and had no other work-ties to the site but somehow became injured by electrocution, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. This case allows you to recover additional benefits not available through workers’ compensation, such as damages of emotional distress or pain and suffering. However, if you were trespassing on a private construction site without authorization and became injured, you might not have a case. The statute of limitations in Maryland for a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident.
Contact Our Howard County, Maryland Firm
If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today. We are here to provide you with the steady and effective legal guidance you deserve.