In any given year, up to 1,000 people are killed in electrical accidents in the U.S. When they are not fatal, an electrical accident can result in serious injuries, including burns at the contact point and damage to nerves, muscles, eyes, heart and other parts of the body.
If a loved one has suffered injuries in an electrical accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The immediate and long-term effects of the accident could be severe, including the need for extensive medical care, loss of income and physical and psychological suffering.
My name is Ira Maurer, an electrical burn injury attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing victims of transportation accidents, construction accidents, industrial accidents and defective products. My law firm works tirelessly to help my clients obtain full and complete compensation for their losses. The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, will be your strong advocate, seeking the best possible result for you. Call 845-896-5295 today for a free case evaluation.
Effects of High Voltage Electrical Burns
Electrical burns are significantly different than thermal or chemical burns in their physiological effects. While an electrical accident can cause tissue damage to the surface of the skin, many of the effects of a high voltage accident occur beneath the surface, including extensive damage to nerves and muscles at both the entrance (electrical source) and exit (ground) points.
The victim can be thrown down, resulting in head injuries, fractures or broken bones. Pigment from damaged muscle cells and hemoglobin from damaged red blood cells are released soon after the injury, exposing the kidneys to heavy loads and the possibility of kidney failure. The electrical arc can also cause clothes to catch fire, resulting in thermal burn injuries.
Effects of Low Voltage Electrical Burns
Because electrical current causes muscle contractions, in lower voltage accidents it can be difficult for the victim to release hold of the object through which the current is flowing. This can increase damage to nerves and muscles. Accidents that cause the victim to freeze in this manner can be intensely painful and frightening. Nerves, muscles and tendons can be damaged to the extent that one or more fingers must be amputated. Many low voltage electrical accidents happen to children who touch an exposed wire or electrical outlet, and consequently suffer injuries to their hands or mouths.
I vigorously represent burn victims, working hard to help them get the financial resources they deserve. When you retain my firm to represent you, I will work with medical experts to determine the extent of injuries and future medical needs. I will seek full compensation for all economic and noneconomic losses.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe electrical burn, please contact The Maurer Law Firm by calling 845-896-5295. Our experienced injury attorney represents people from all over New York, including Fishkill and Poughkeepsie.