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New Jersey Construction Worker Suffers Severe Electrical Shock

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 20, 2014

A construction worker suffered a severe shock while working on an electric utility pole on Telegraph Road in Alloway Township. According to The South Jersey Times, the accident occurred near the Alloway Village Inn. Officials say the man was actually on a utility pole at the time of the incident. His condition has not been reported, but he was severely shocked and required CPR from emergency responders.

The human body is capable of conducting electricity. Therefore, direct contact with an electrical current, such as a power line, can result in serious internal damage, especially to the muscles, heart, and brain. New Jersey employees who are required to work near power lines have been known to suffer from cardiac arrest due to electricity traveling near their heart, muscle, nerve, and tissue, causing damage as the current passes through their body. They have also been known to suffer thermal burns on areas of their body that come into contact with the power lines.

Other symptoms of electrical shock may include:

  • Lapse in consciousness
  • Problems with vision or hearing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Numbness or tingling throughout the body
  • Breathing issues, including lung failure
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms

Depending on the voltage of the electricity source, victims may suffer permanent injuries that affect their ability to return to work. They may also deal with medical bills, hospitalization expenses, the cost of rehabilitation services, and a number of other related monetary losses.

Victims of work-related electrical shock injuries may seek support for their current and future medical bills as well as a portion of their lost wages. Filing for workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey, however, can be a stressful and complicated process. It is important for injured workers to receive guidance throughout the application process to ensure that their rights are protected. An experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can provide injured workers and their families with more information about pursuing their legal rights.

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