Two workers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) suffered serious injuries in an electrical accident while working near a subterranean vault near Echo Park. According to a news report on Patch.com, paramedics were called to the scene at 400 S. Hoover St. where they rescued the two workers and rushed them to a nearby hospital. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said one of the workers came in contact with energized electrical equipment and that the other worker suffered burn injuries.
Electrical injuries often occur with catastrophic consequences. Whether in the construction business or other types of work, electrical injuries are often fatal. Three primary factors affect the severity of the shock a person receives when he or she comes into contact with an electrical circuit – the amount of current flowing through the body, the path of the current through the body and the length of time the body is in the circuit.
Other factors that may affect the severity of the injury include the voltage of the current, the presence of moisture in the environment, the phase of the heart cycle when the shock occurs and the general health of the individual prior to the incident. The effects of an electrical accident could range from a barely perceptible tingle to severe burn injuries and immediate cardiac arrest, severe internal organ damage and death.
Here are some of the most common types of injuries sustained in electrical accidents:
There are several steps you can take if you are injured on the job:
Your employer cannot fire you because you suffered an injury on the job or because you filed a workers’ compensation claim. It’s also illegal for your employer to retaliate against a co-worker who testifies in your case. Under California law, an employer with 50 or more employees usually must let you take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks without losing your job, if you need time off for a serious medical condition. If you suffer a disability, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you because of a serious disability. You may also be able to get other benefits whether you have suffered temporary or permanent disability.
The experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyers at the ODG Law Group can help fight for your rights and assist you with getting the critical care you need to recover from your injuries and return to work. Call us at 818-230-2428 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.
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