Los Angeles, California (PressExposure) November 24, 2009 -- According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one person dies every workday from electrocution, shock, arc flash, and arc blast and 8,000 are treated in emergency rooms each year. Regardless of the industry, electricity is prevalent at most places of work. Although government regulations provide safety standards for working with electricity, electrical accidents still do happen.
"Unfortunately," said Robert A. Brenner, a personal injury attorney from Los Angeles, California, "electrical accidents still occur even under conditions where safety procedures are followed." Nevertheless, these guidelines, such as the NFPA's standard for de-energizing electrical equipment prior to working with it, have created safer working environments. Brenner has become familiar with electrical accidents through his representation of numerous clients that have suffered from injuries sustained from contact with electric current.
"I meet with clients after the injury has already occurred and most of the time the injuries are severe," stated Brenner. "Sometimes, an electrical accident leads to the death of a worker. These are the most difficult cases because of the agony experienced by the family of the victim. Dealing with the death of a loved one who dies in such an unforeseen way is always difficult." The most common types of injuries from electrical current include electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls from a ladder or scaffold. Besides sustaining an injury from direct contact with electricity, injuries can result from thermal burns, flash burns, flame burns, and high voltage contact burns.
"Injuries resulting from electricity can cause severe pain and may require medical treatment," stated Brenner. These injuries often result in a lifestyle change since many workers are unable to return to working in the same profession. "My goal is to help my clients recover the necessary compensation for their pain and suffering, loss of income, and medical treatment. We use experts to help calculate these costs." Besides compensation for injured workers, family members of a deceased worker may be entitled to damages for the death of their loved.