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In a study conducted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), researchers found that nearly 2,000 American construction workers lost time on the job in 2018 because of injuries caused by exposure to live electrical current. In addition, electrocution is considered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as one of the “Fatal Four,” the most common causes of death on construction sites.
If you or someone you love is hurt on a construction project because of exposure to high-voltage electricity, you want a proven attorney to help you navigate the legal process so you can get full and fair compensation for your losses. That’s when you want to call Bailey & Galyen.
Proven Construction-Site-Injury Lawyers
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than four decades of experience to people throughout Texas who suffer personal injury because of the careless acts of others, including construction workers who sustain electrical exposure injuries. With offices throughout the Lone Star State, we are one of the largest consumer law firms in Texas, well-known and respected by colleagues and clients for our long record of positive results. Over the last 40+ years, we have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for victims of personal injury.
Aggressive Advocacy in Claims Involving Exposure to Electrical Current on a Construction Site
At Bailey & Galyen, we put a priority on personal service and attention, working hard to be available and accessible whenever clients have questions or concerns. We treat every case as if it’s the only one we have, devoting 100% of our efforts to helping you maximize your recovery. We place a premium on communication and take the time to fully explain the law, the legal process, and your rights. We immediately notify you of any developments in your case, as well as your options and likelihood of success, so you can make informed decisions that are in your best interests.
Frequently Asked Questions About Electrical Injuries on a Construction Site
What Should I Do If I’m Injured on a Construction Site Because of Exposure to High-Voltage Electricity?
- Your health should always be your first concern after any type of accident or injury. In most instances, the best thing you can do is stay right where you are until emergency medical technicians arrive. They will assess whether you can move under your own power or need to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Regardless, get medical care as soon as possible, whether at a hospital, urgent care facility, or doctor’s office. The longer you wait to get medical treatment, the greater your risk of health complications, and the more likely your legal rights will be affected. If you’re hurt on a construction site, you must also notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible
- After getting appropriate medical care, your next step should be to hire an experienced lawyer. Your attorney will take steps to safeguard all physical evidence, get witness statements, and file all necessary documents to protect your rights. You lawyer also can act as your liaison and advocate with insurance companies.
- Though your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the causes and circumstances of the accident, you can provide valuable assistance. Get contact information from anyone involved in the accident, as well as witnesses, or ask others to do that for you. Take pictures of everything related to the accident, including your injuries, the source of the electric current, and the existence or absence of safety measures.
What Types of Damages Can I Get If I Suffer Injury from Exposure to Electricity on a Construction Job?
If you suffer injury from electric current as the result of someone else’s negligence on a jobsite, you have a right to file a claim for workers’ compensation, which provides benefits for lost wages and reasonable and necessary medical expenses. In addition, in limited circumstances, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit seeking damages for:
- Physical pain or suffering
- Lost wages, salary, or other income not already recovered
- Loss of physical companionship or consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life—the ability to participate in activities that bring you joy, meaning, or happiness
- Unreimbursed medical expenses
What Are Common Causes of Electrical Injuries on a Construction Site?
There are generally three situations where construction site workers are at risk of injury from exposure to high-voltage electrical current:
- Contact with overhead power lines—Many construction sites have existing or temporary power lines running above them. Crane operators or workers on ladders, scaffolding, or other elevated devices, may inadvertently make contact with those lines.
- Contact with live transformers or unprotected wires—Electricians working on a construction site may leave transformers or wires unprotected and fail to provide notice or warning of the potential dangers.
- Exposure to faulty or defective electrical tools, machinery, or equipment—Construction tools and equipment are often in a state of disrepair. Additionally, workers may attempt to rewire or repair electrical tools or remove safety mechanisms that protect others from high-voltage electrical current.
How Can Bailey & Galyen Help Me After an Electrical Exposure Injury on a Construction Site?
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we have obtained positive results for victims of personal injury throughout Texas over the last four decades, handling a wide range of construction-site-injury claims. We know how to prepare these cases to maximize recovery of damages, and we understand the kinds of evidence that are most compelling in court. We know when to bring in expert witnesses to explain liability and loss. And we can quickly recognize the value of your case and help you determine whether to negotiate a settlement or take your case to trial.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for a Proven Construction-Site-Injury Lawyer
When you or someone you love is injured on a construction site because of exposure to high-voltage electricity, the personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen have the skill, knowledge, experience, and resources to help maximize your recovery.
We handle all construction-site-injury lawsuits on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer proven counsel in construction site electrical-injury claims across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.