Martinsburg Electrocution Attorney Helping with Electrical burns
We don’t often think about it, but electricity is all around us; the phones in our pockets, the light switches on the wall, the tools we use all depend on electricity to run. For the most part, our electronics are safe to use, but occasionally electronic products or wiring systems in the home or at work may malfunction and cause life-altering electrical burns. These burns can range from burns to the skin to burns that damage bones and internal organs. After an electrical burn injury, contact a Martinsburg electrocution attorney at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson in Martinsburg for a free evaluation of your case.
Types of Electrical Burns
There are several types of electrical burns which cause injuries of varying type and severity.
- Low-voltage burns: These burns occur when victims make contact with a power source that is emitting 500 volts or less of electricity. In most cases, low-voltage burns cause damage to the skin but do not harm internal organs or deeper tissues.
- High-voltage burns: These are burns which result from direct contact with a higher source of voltage. In many cases, victims may not appear to have suffered a serious injury, as high-voltage burns don’t always leave visible burns on the skin. High-voltage burns tend to cause greater internal damage to victims’ organs and bodily tissues.
- Arc burns: Electrical burns don’t require a victim to make direct contact with an electrified object, but instead can occur anytime the body comes in contact with an electric current. When electricity arcs from a powerful source of electricity, such as heavy industrial equipment, the current may arc through the air and make full or partial contact with a nearby person and cause intense burns. Arcs can reach over 7,000 degrees in heat and throw victims back with the intense pressure they can produce.
- Flash burns: When a current of electricity arcs over the skin, victims may suffer burn injuries from the intense heat of the arc. These burns tend to damage the skin only.
- Oral burns: Most common in children, oral electrical burns are frequently the result of biting into an electrical cord. That said, there are cases of dental equipment causing oral burns in adults.
Electrical Burn Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation
When electrical burn injuries are caused by the negligence of another person or the manufacturer of a defective product, burn injury victims may have a claim for money damages against the party responsible for their injuries. If you’ve suffered an electrical burn in a West Virginia construction accident or elsewhere, find out if you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries by contacting the aggressive and effective Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a no-cost consultation. For skilled and experienced legal help after an electrical burn in West Virginia, call 304-263-0900 or 304-LAWYERS.