Electrocution is among the most frequent and most-dangerous risks that construction workers face on a daily basis. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) list known as the “Fatal Four,” electrocution is the third-leading cause of death on construction sites. Among the wide variety of safety violations existing on construction sites, three of the top 10 involve risks for electrocution.
If you have suffered electrocution injuries on a construction site in the Denver area, or if you have lost a spouse or other loved one due to electrocution, our team is here to help. Our construction accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for individuals and families who have been injured and lost loved ones in situations where someone else is to blame. We can get to the bottom of what happened, even as the construction company and insurance company try to deny your rights. We are committed to fighting for injured workers and their families, and we will do what it takes to win the compensation you deserve.
Leading Causes of Construction Site Electrocutions
All construction workers, not just electricians, are at risk for electrocution injuries. Electrocutions can occur when coworkers make mistakes, when electrical components and equipment fail, and when electrical systems are not designed to withstand the loads they need to handle.
We represent clients in cases involving issues such as:
- Failure to adequately control hazardous energy – On construction sites, proper lockout and tagout practices must be followed at all times, and all employees must be properly instructed on restart and reenergizing procedures.
- Faulty wiring methods, components and equipment – Faulty wiring methods, components and equipment can lead to electric shock and electrocutions throughout construction sites.
- Faulty electrical system design – Improperly-engineered electrical systems for residential and commercial construction projects can put all workers on the site at risk for electrocution.
Compensation Available to Victims of Construction Site Electrocutions
After any type of construction accident, it is important to discuss your rights with an attorney. There are steps you need to take and mistakes you need to avoid, and you need to make sure you pursue all available sources of financial compensation:
- Workers’ compensation benefits – Construction workers who qualify as “employees” are eligible for medical and disability benefits through workers’ compensation. Family members who lose loved ones in construction accidents can collect death benefits through workers’ compensation as well.
- Personal injury or wrongful death compensation – If a third party, such as a building owner, engineering firm or subcontractor, was at fault in the accident, you may be entitled to seek full compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s death. Since workers’ compensation benefits are limited, filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim (if you have one) will be essential to maximizing your financial recovery.
Levine Law, Construction Accident Lawyers in Denver
If you would like to speak with a lawyer about your rights, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Levine Law. We can help you understand what your case is worth, and we can fight to recover maximum compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s death. To discuss your case in confidence, call our Denver accident law firm at 303-333-8000 or inquire online today.