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Electric Shock Accident Law Library

September 1, 2017
by Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP

The following articles, frequently asked questions, news articles and blogposts are provided by our Pennsylvania and New Jersey construction and electric shock accident lawyers. They are for information only. Prior to making any decisions about your case, it is vital to contact an experienced, knowledgeable construction/worksite accident lawyer.

Electric Accident Case Result by Our Work Accident Lawyers

  • $1.5 million – Injuries incurred in a workplace accident on the job where plaintiff sustained severe burn injuries as a result of an electrical explosion

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Electric Accident Law Articles

  • New Jersey Worker Dies After Electric Shock, Fall From Ladder, Employer Gets 5 OSHA Citations (January 11, 2017) A New Jersey hospital received 5 citations and a $175,000 penalty for allegedly violating OSHA electric shock hazard regulations. The citations and penalties were in response to a fall electric shock accident that happened when a worker was changing a ballast.
  • Electric Shock Accidents at Work – Contact With an Overhead Line (October 27, 2015) Electric shock accidents at work often occur due to contact with live overhead lines. Workers at heights and those on the ground are at risk. Get info about OSHA regulations and legal rights.
  • Workplace Electric Shock Accidents – The Danger of Overhead Lines (September 16, 2013) Electric accidents can happen anywhere – on the job, at work or at home. Electric shock accidents are often fatal, and if not fatal, result in major injuries. Electric shock survivors often suffer disabling, disfiguring injuries and can spend months in the hospital, undergoing rehabilitation. Electric Shock Accidents at Work – Coming Into Contact with an ...
  • Electric Shock Accidents at Work – Working Near Overhead Lines (September 12, 2013) Whether it’s working on a bucket truck or a crane, workers are at risk of coming into contact with an energized or live line. The results are often fatal. At even low volts, such as 5 Milliamperes (mA), an involuntary physical reaction can result in a second accident. For example, a worker who is shocked ...
  • Cranes and Lifts on Construction Sites – Electric Shocks at Heights (August 3, 2013) Working at any height can be dangerous. Large commercial projects often require the use of cranes, lifts, scaffolds, etc. There are many risks associated with working at heights. For example, a worker may fall off a piece of equipment or the equipment, such as a crane, may collapse. A less common but very serious risk is ...
  • Electric Shock Hazards in the Use of Cranes and Lifts (August 3, 2013) Cranes, lifts, etc. are often used on major construction sites, such as the construction of a large commercial building or a high rise apartment building. In fast growing cities like Philadelphia, many construction sites require use of cranes, lifts, etc. On any given worksite, workers may be working dozens of feet above ground. Working from heights ...
  • Litigating Damages in Electric Shock, Thermal and Chemical Burns Lawsuits (February 9, 2013) Electric, Thermal & Chemical Burns Electric accidents and electric shock accidents often result in significant burns to the body, especially at the point of entry such as an arm, leg or torso. In addition, there will be an entrance and exit wound. The injuries generally occur as a result of alternating currents. Cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, respiratory arrest, ...
  • Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations in Electric Shock Work Accidents (November 28, 2012) In any work related accident in Pennsylvania, whether an electric shock accident or a construction scaffold accident, there are two separate time limitations issues which come into play. First, for any work accident in Pennsylvania, there is the workers’ compensation statute of limitations. Second, there is the tort/negligence claim statute of limitations. Workers are often surprised ...
  • PA NJ Electrical Accident Legal Article: What to Expect in an Electrical Accident Lawsuit (June 25, 2012) Electricians and construction site workers alike face many dangers on work sites and construction sites. Electrical accidents are some of the most deadly kinds of workplace accidents. These accidents are not limited to the workplace, adults and children often come into contact with downed electrical wires or may be electrocuted in accidents at home. Here’s what ...
  • Working Near Overhead Lines is a Common Cause of Electric Shock Accidents (May 23, 2012) There are multiple causes of workplace electrical accidents. However, many electric shock accidents occur when a worker comes into contact with a line. One very common situation involves a worker performing work near an overhead line and accidentally coming into contact with the line. Workers who perform their duties at heights are at risk ...
  • Electrical Accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Common OSHA Violations Resulting in Injury (April 11, 2012) Electric shock accidents on the job or at work can result in serious injuries such as, death, cardiac arrest, electrical burns, muscle and tissue damage, amputations, disfigurement and scarring. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) electrical standards, which are based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E, apply to many ...

Electric Accident Law FAQs

  • Who can be held liable for an electric shock accident involving a crane? Crane accidents involving electrocution or shock accidents often result in lawsuits against multiple parties. In a given construction site accident case, there may be multiple contractors who bear liability for the accident, including the general or prime contractor. In addition, various other parties may be held liable in a crane electrocution accident case: crane operating company, crane ...
  • What damage claims are made in electric accident lawsuits? A: The nature and extent of damages claims in an electric accident case vary with each case.  Factors such as whether the accident resulted in death, the kinds of physical injuries, etc. will all determine what kinds of damage claims are made. For cases which result in death, the state’s wrongful death and survival laws dictate ...
  • Can a worker injured in an electric accident bring a tort claim against the employer in PA? A: Under Pennsylvania work accident law, workers are generally barred from bringing negligence suits against employers for accidents which occur on the job. However, what many injured workers don’t know is that other contractors and companies may be sued for negligent conduct which contributed to the accident. In electric accident situations, multiple parties can be held ...
  • What remedies are available for workers in Pennsylvania who are injured on the job in electric accidents? A:Pennsylvania workers, especially construction workers, factory workers and utility workers, may be able to make two different kinds of legal claims for the injuries sustained in an electric accident. Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, those injured in work related accidents are usually eligible to make workers’ compensation claims for medical benefits and lost wages resulting ...
  • What happens in an electrical accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania? Electric shock accidents often occur at worksites or construction sites. They also occur at home. For instance, a homeowner using a power tool may be electrocuted due to a faulty wire. Oftentimes, the results are catastrophic. Many individuals who suffer an electric shock are killed. Electric accident lawsuits, whether it’s an electrical accident at home or ...
  • My husband was shocked on a job in Pennsylvania. I’m told we need a workers’ compensation lawyer. What is the best kind of lawyer for the case? Answered by our Pennsylvania work accident-injury lawyers Residents of Pennsylvania who are injured in work accidents have two main legal rights: 1. the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits, and 2. the right to seek financial compensation from other, non-employer parties. This applies to 95% of injured workers, including those injured in electric shock accidents ...
  • What are the rights of workers injured in electrical accidents in Pennsylvania? Workers in Pennsylvania who sustain electric shock injuries are often killed or suffer devastating injuries. This is true, whether it’s a construction worker coming into contact with an overhead wire on a job site or a factory worker who is electrocuted while working on a piece of machinery. Despite the fact that electric shock accidents in ...

Electric Accident Law Latest News

  • Philadelphia Work Accidents in April 2015: 2 Deaths and Serious Injuries *For immediate release, Philadelphia Last week was tough for Philadelphia area workers. In the span of only three days, there were three serious work accidents in the Philadelphia area, two of which resulted in fatalities. The condition of a worker in the third accident remains unknown. April 16, 2015 – King of Prussia Work Accident Results in ...
  • New Jersey Utility Worker Electrocuted in Severe Electric Shock Accident In the rush to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, earlier this month, a New Jersey utility company worker suffered what has been described as a severe electric shock. The details of the accident are not clear. As a result of the accident, the utility company issued safety notices to all employees. *Source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/PSEG-new-jersey-power-company-utility-sandy-storm-outages-response-177125641.html Electric Shock Accidents ...
  • Pennsylvania Worker Killed in Electric Shock Accident at Work Two months ago, a Pennsylvania man was electrocuted when he came into contact with a 7,000 volt live wire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to one news report, the man was working in a bucket truck in Fairview Township in York County, Pennsylvania when the accident occurred. His employer had been hired to ...

Electric Accident Law Blogposts

  • Work Accidents & Burn Injuries Work accidents which result in burns are often devastating for the worker. Burns are one of the most painful kinds of injuries and may result from electric shock accidents or chemical exposure. In electric shock situations, there will be an entry and exit wound. An arm or hand may be severely disfigured as a result of ...

About Our Electric Shock Accident Lawyers

Our lawyers come from families of construction workers and care deeply about workplace safety and the rights of all workers. Firm founder, Jeff Laffey, is the proud son of a Philadelphia union carpenter. Firm founder, Brian Kent, comes from a family of iron workers and is a former prosecutor.

What Former Clients Have to Say About Our Construction & Work Accident Lawyers:

“After interviewing other attorneys, I realized I made a wise decision in hiring Jeff as my attorney. Whenever I would call for advice Jeff either personally answered the phone or returned my call within a reasonable amount of time. I still feel today that if I need any legal advice Jeff would still extend your expertise. Thanks.” –Richard Godshall, Philadelphia Carpenters’ Union

“Jeff Laffey’s representation of myself and my fellow plaintiffs was nothing short of excellence. Jeff’s charm and wit were quickly shelved for diligence and tenacity when appropriate and necessary. Jeff’s efforts resulted in an extremely fair settlement. I have and will continue to recommend Jeff to all potential clients.”Jim McGarrity Philadelphia Carpenters’ Union, Local 465

“I would like to thank Brian and his staff for making this process as stress-free and painless as they could. I would highly recommend Brian Kent to handle any workplace safety accident case.” – Joe

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an electric shock accident in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York, contact our experienced, highly rated workplace accident and injury lawyers for a free, confidential consultation. 215.399.9255/800.220.7600

Our worksite & construction accident injury attorneys are licensed in PA and NJ. They represent workers in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. They also work with lawyers nationwide and can obtain special admission in other states on a case by case basis.

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