Electrocution injuries, often referred to as injuries resulting from exposure to electric shock or electrical currents, can encompass a wide range of severity, from minor burns and muscle contractions to more severe consequences such as cardiac arrest, neurological damage, or even fatality. In 2022, according to data from the California Division of Labor Statistics and Research (DLSR), there were 14 fatal workplace electrocutions in California. While this number was a decrease from the 19 fatal electrocutions in 2021, it still signifies a significant number of workplace deaths. Additionally, nonfatal electrocution injuries were also prevalent in California, with 2,103 reported cases in 2022, marking an increase from the 1,987 nonfatal electrocution injuries reported in 2021. This highlights the importance of addressing and preventing incidents where workers get electrocuted at work.
Rights as an Electrocuted at-Work Worker
As an electrocuted at-work worker in California, you have the following rights:
- The right to file a workers’ compensation claim: You have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim regardless of who was at fault for your injury. This means that you can receive benefits even if you were partially or completely at fault for your injury.
- The right to receive medical treatment: Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance must pay for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your work-related injury or illness. This includes the cost of doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgery, and prescription medications.
- The right to temporary disability benefits: If you are unable to work due to your injury or illness, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits. These benefits are paid at a rate of two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum weekly benefit amount.
- The right to permanent disability benefits: If your injury or illness results in a permanent impairment, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. These benefits are paid based on the severity of your impairment and your earning capacity.
- The right to vocational rehabilitation: If you are unable to return to your previous job due to your injury or illness, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may pay for vocational rehabilitation services to help you find a new job.
What to Do If You Are Electrocuted at Work
If you are electrocuted at work, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention immediately. Even if you are not feeling any symptoms, it is important to get checked out by a doctor to rule out any internal injuries. Once you have been medically cleared, you should report the incident to your employer. This is necessary for two reasons: first, your employer needs to be aware of the incident of you being electrocuted at work so that they can take steps to prevent it from happening again, and second, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits for your injuries.
Knowing what to do when you get electrocuted at work is crucial for your safety and well-being. Work-related electrical accidents can result in serious injuries, and being prepared can make the difference between life and death. Understanding the immediate steps to take, such as shutting off power sources or administering first aid, can minimize the extent of injuries. Moreover, knowing your rights and the workers’ compensation process in such situations can help ensure you receive the necessary medical treatment and compensation for your recovery and potential long-term effects. Knowledge about the correct actions to take in the event of an electrocution can ultimately save lives and protect your legal rights. At Pistiolas Law, we are committed to providing expert legal guidance and support for individuals who have experienced workplace electrocutions. Contact us at (844) 414-1768.