Roof Worker Hospitalized After Electrical Shock
Electrical work is always dangerous, and when something goes wrong, serious injuries or even fatalities could result. A Miami electrocution lawyer can provide representation to those who are electrocuted on-the-job or who suffer injury while they are using electrical devices.
Shocks can happen for many reasons, ranging from defective products to faulty wiring. It is especially common for electrocutions and electrical injuries to occur on construction sites and, in fact, NBC-2 recently reported on a Florida man who had to be rushed to the hospital after he suffered a shock while he was doing roof repairs on the roof of a business that is located in Fort Myers.
Florida Worker Rushed to Hospital After Receiving Electrical Shock While Working
According to NBC-2, the roofer was performing roof repairs when he encountered a power line and he received an electrical shock.
Responding to the scene, emergency crew members needed to get to the critically-injured roofer quickly in order to try to save his life after the shock. First responders were able to claim atop a fire truck to reach the injured man and provide life-saving care.
A witness to the incident indicated that police and rescuers had to close down an area of U.S. 41 as they attempted to provide rescue services to the roofer who sustained the shock. The roofer was put onto a stretcher first, and then several of the first responders helped to get the injured man onto the ladder of the fire truck and then onto the top of the fire engine. A handful of other EMTs then stepped up to the plate in order to help the injured man get onto a gurney and into an ambulance for transport to a local hospital.
The power company subsequently had to cut power to around 900 customers for more than an hour as a safety precaution after the incident. The injured worker had to be rushed to the hospital to try to provide essential treatment; however, witnesses indicate he was able to move both of his hands and his feet after the incident as EMTs were helping him down from the roof or into the ambulance.
As NBC-2 explains, the investigation into how the accident happened is still underway. However, it is likely that the injured roofer will be entitled to receive at least some monetary damages or some assistance paying for the costs of any medical care that he may need as a result of the shock that he experienced.
An injured victim’s remedies for an electrical shock or electrocution will differ depending upon the cause of the damage. If you got hurt at work, a workers’ compensation claim may be your best bet to obtain benefits, but if you were injured by a product defect or from another cause, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. A Miami electrocution lawyer can help you to determine the best approach to recovering the maximum in compensation and benefits after experiencing a shock.