Electricity powers the world around us, but it’s also the cause of thousands of injuries every year. When you suffer an electricity-related injury on the job, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation, but it’s not always as easy to get compensation for these types of injuries as it would be for a more evident injury, like a broken bone. Although it can be a little trickier to earn compensation, we’re confident that with an experienced legal team and by taking some specific steps, you can earn the compensation you rightfully deserve.
The reason why it’s sometimes more difficult to receive workers’ compensation for electrical injuries is because the injuries aren’t always visible. Some electrical injuries produce visible burns, scarring or even partial paralysis, but other injuries aren’t as clear. When you couple that with the fact that a worker may not fully understand the gravity of their injuries, it’s easy to see why compensation isn’t always fully pursued. So what should you do if you are electrocuted on the job, even if you think it’s just a minor injury?
The Importance Of A Thorough Medical Exam
The importance of a full diagnostic health exam after an electricity-related injury cannot be understated, even if you don’t see any physical injuries. Even low-voltage burns have been associated with health problems like:
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Organ damage/failure
- Brain impairment
The biggest concern with the above injuries is that most individuals are unable to recognize that they are suffering from the above conditions. You aren’t going to be able to easily tell if your kidneys aren’t working correctly or if you’re at a heightened risk for a seizure after your electrical injury, but a doctor can run a series of tests to look for signs of a problem. If they detect an issue, even if you feel fine, you can pursue workers’ compensation because of the long-term impacts the electrocution may have on your health or your ability to continue working your job.
After getting a thorough medical evaluation, the next best thing you can do for your case is to connect with an experienced workers’ compensation firm like Hey Workers. We’ve worked closely with a number of construction workers and electricians who have been affected by on-the-job electrical injuries, and we know how to maximize your compensation. Whether the injuries involve obvious electrical burns or less evident internal damage, we can build a case that gets you every penny you deserve.
Don’t just try to shake off an electrical injury and get on with your day, because electricity can cause a number of internal problems. Even if you thought you were fine, but are now experiencing things like headaches, blurred vision, muscle spasms or chest pain, reach out to our office to learn what we can do for you. For a consultation about your electricity-related work injury, contact Hey Workers at (844) 439-9675.