Electrocution and Burns | Minnesota Workers’ Compensation
Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Electrocution and Burns Lawyers
Injured workers’ who suffered electrical injuries or burns are entitled to Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. Electrical injuries are relatively common, nearly always accidental, and generally preventable. The direct effect of electrical current, conversion of electrical to thermal energy, and blunt mechanical trauma can result in tissue destruction, burns and organ dysfunction. These electrocution injuries can result in significant wage loss and medical treatment.
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report of 2018 established that 77% of contract worker electrocutions that occurred from 2012-2016 involved workers employed in the construction industry. The highest risk of electrocution was with power line installers and electricians.In addition to power-line installers and electricians other construction trades with elevated rates of electrocution include: roofers, HVAC mechanics, and laborers.
Injuries from electrocution can be vary from minor to very severe. Injuries can effect the body in varies ways from cardiac, renal, neurologic, skin, musculoskeletal and vascular. Other injuries can result from electrocution which are a
Symptoms of an Electrical Injuries or Electrocution
The symptoms depend on how much electricity came in contact with your body and how long the contact lasted.
Electricity can cause different types of skin burns, depending on which skin layers are affected. The terms doctors use to describe different types of burns are:
- Superficial – A superficial burn affects only the top layer of the skin. The skin is red, dry, and painful. When you press on the burn, it turns white.
- Partial-thickness – A partial-thickness burn affects the top 2 layers of the skin. The skin is red and can leak fluid or form blisters.
- Full-thickness – A full-thickness burn affects all the layers of the skin. The burn doesn’t usually hurt, because the burned skin can’t feel anything. The skin can be white, gray, or black.
Other symptoms of electrical injuries depend on whether or not you have damage to your internal organs. Electrocution should always be taken seriously. Injured workers with severe electrical injuries should be monitored closely for their injuries.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution or an electrical injury, contact our office for free consultation. It is important to understand your rights under the law. We are are here to help. Let us help you get the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
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