Posted On: January 31, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Remember to File Your Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim if You Were Injured in an Electrical Accident While on the Job

Electrical accidents can occur on the job, and you don’t have to be an electrician, telephone line worker, or cable installer to be at risk of getting hurt in accident involving electricity. For example, an office employee might experience electrical shock because of faulty wiring in the workplace.

Common causes of electrical accidents include faulty wiring, live wires, electrical fires, defective equipment and machinery, sagging power lines, water near light switches or appliances, defective wiring, damaged electrical outlets, cranes making contact with wiring that is high voltage, power installations that are unfenced, and outlets that are not properly grounded. Serious electrical injuries can include electrical burns, heart injury (including cardiac arrest and cardiac dysrhythmia, electrical shock, brain injury, spinal cord injury, fall accidents from contact with electrical energy, and death. A person who has suffered an electrical injury may find that he/she has to take time off work to recover.

What to Do if You Have Been Injured in an Electrical Accident at Work
Remember to file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim right away. It is important that you know that even if your employer was not responsible for causing your work accident, you are within your rights as an employee in this state to file and receive Illinois workers’ compensation for injuries suffered on the job. Your boss is not allowed to fire you for filing a claim and it doesn’t matter whether whose fault it was that the work accident happened. You also may have grounds for a Chicago injury lawsuit.

Related Web Resources:
Electrical Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Contact our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm today.

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