What to Know About Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites
Construction workers are particularly at risk of electrocution accidents due to the nature of their work. The potential injuries can range from burns and damage to the muscle and nerves to seizures, heart attacks, paralysis, and sometimes, death. Continue reading to discover what Labors Laws are in place for electrocution accidents in New York and how one of the experienced Westchester County construction accident attorneys at Hausman & Pendzick can help you fight for the compensation you require to heal.
What are some frequent causes of electrocution accidents on construction sites?
Electrocution accidents are often caused by negligence or Labor Law violations on construction sites. Examples of common causes read as follows:
- Contact with overhead or buried power lines or otherwise an energized source.
- Improper discarding of extension cords.
- Fallen telephone lines.
- Shorts in electrical appliances due to manufacturing defects.
- Commerical equipment malfunctioning.
- Exposed wires.
- Electrical outlets are placed in unsafe locations.
If you believe any of the above forms of negligence contributed to your electrocution injury, do not hesitate in reaching out to one of the skilled Westchester County personal injury attorneys today.
What New York Labor Laws are in place for electrocution accidents on construction sites?
In the state of New York, there are Labors Laws in place that are intended to protect construction workers on site. If a property owner or contractor is found to be in violation of a Labor Law and you received an electrocution injury as a result, then you may be eligible for a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. With this, you can receive compensation for economic and non-economic expenses, such as medical bills, past and future missed wages, and pain and suffering. The following are New York Labor Laws that are potentially relevant to your case:
- New York Labor Law 200: Site owners and supervisors are legally required to maintain a safe work environment.
- New York Labor Law 241 (6): Liability is placed on the property owner and general contractor if they are found to be in violation of an industrial code rule, either during the construction, demolition, or excavation phase of a project.
What is the statute of limitations in New York?
Construction workers must report their electrocution injuries to their employer within 30 days of the accident. If they wish to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, the statute of limitations in the state of New York is two years from the date of the accident. For a personal injury claim, this is generally three years from the date of the accident.
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