Joseph O. Irorere, a 45-year-old trucker, has been hospitalized, after he received an electrical shock when his 2001 Mack 600 tractor-trailer hit power lines that were sagging on Interstate 95 in Attleboro. According to State Police, the incident happened when the Brockton man got out of the vehicle. Their preliminary probe found that the wires on both sides of the road had sagged due to a structural issue involving a utility pole.
Electrical shock can cause serious injuries as the electrical current enters the body. There may be electric burns, internal injuries, damage to tissues, muscles, or nerves, thermal burns, brain damage, organ damage, cardiac arrest, spinal cord injuries, hand/foot injuries, deformity, or even death. Common causes of Boston electric shock accidents:
• Faulty wiring • Inadequate maintenance • Contact with exposed wiring or other electrical product parts • Work accidents • Lightning • Inadequate safety procedures on the job • Electrical wiring exposed to water
If you were injured in a Massachusetts electrical shock accident while on the job, you probably won’t be able to sue the company that you work for. However, you should be entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits. Also, there may be other parties other than your employer that you can pursue for damages, such as a negligent utility company, property owner, product manufacturer, or another liable party.
Unfortunately, hundreds of people are electrocuted each year. Determining what happened, who was responsible, and then proving both can be complex matters and you want to work with a Brockton electrical shock law firm that knows how to handle these types of cases.
Brockton man shocked by hanging power lines on Route 95 in Attleboro, Wicked Local, August 17, 2012
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Multiple Vehicle Accident Involving Dump Truck Leaves Several Injured in Uxbridge, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, April 21, 2011