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Here’s What You Must Know About Electrical Burns and Accident Prevention

An electrical burn injury can occur from exposure to high amounts of electricity through contact with exposed wires, faulty appliances, or electrical sockets. These burns can also result from being struck by lightning, although this happens in very rare instances.

Electrical burns usually happen when people fail to follow safety precautions, mainly because they’re not aware of the dangers that they’re exposed to in certain conditions. This is especially true among homeowners and landlords who conduct home improvements as well as workers whose jobs involve being in close range with electrical products.

Safety Laws

Electrical burns don’t only cause serious injuries but can also take lives. Because of this, many organizations have come up with safety laws to prevent accidents from taking place and keep people away from electrical burn injury.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, requires antenna manufacturers and importers to put warning labels on their products and include installation instructions. This comes from the fact that outdoor antennas, particularly those used for televisions and CB base stations, have caused numerous electrical accidents over the years.

The main cause of these accidents is when people fail to properly judge the distance between the antenna and the power lines in the area. This means that, when the consumer puts up the antenna on their roof or takes it down, it inadvertently touches the power line and allows electrical current to reach the person holding the antenna. With proper instruction and warning labels, consumers can become alerted to this danger and take precautions when installing or removing outdoor antennas.

The same thing happens with metal ladders when they’re used for outdoor jobs people either misjudge the distance between the ladder and the surrounding power lines, or they properly gauge the distance but lose control of the heavy ladder. Both of these can result in the ladder touching a power line and causing electrocution and electrical burns.

This has lead the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to require companies to comply with the regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Association. These regulations prohibit employers and their staff from using portable metal ladders when they’re doing electrical work or if they’re working in an area where the ladders can easily get in contact with electrical conductors. Most ladders nowadays also have the American National Standards Institute warning sticker, which describes the electrical hazard they bring, the possible results of ignoring this warning, and the ways to avoid or minimize the hazard.

Preventing Electrical Accidents

Of course, safety rules and regulations don’t completely protect people from electrical burn injury, so practical steps should still be taken to prevent accidents.

Employers, for example, should invest in ladders with fiberglass links, which isolate electrical current and prevent them from reaching the person holding or standing on the ladder. It’s also helpful to wrap Teflon or any other nonconducting and insulating material around the top half of extension ladders.

Employers should also require their workers to wear special protective equipment when doing electrical jobs or working in areas near power lines. These include including helmets, rubber insulating gloves and sleeves, and goggles that are specially designed to protect the corneal epithelium in the eyes. Workers should also do their part by complying with this requirement and wearing the prescribed protective apparel when needed.

Get the Compensation You Deserve

If you have incurred an electrical burn injury at work, you can obtain financial compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional trauma you’ve gone through. Call McEwen Law Firm to know how we can help you.


Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.

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What Can You Do to Help Burn Victims Heal?

Burn victims must be taken to the hospital so they can receive the medical care they need. However, it’s important to note that burn victim recovery isn’t just about getting medications, surgery, and other treatments. It’s also about having a solid network of family and friends who help the patient with their needs and cheer them up as they go through the road to recovery.

If you have a loved one who has suffered from burns, you can help them heal physically, mentally, and emotionally by taking these steps:

Visit them at the hospital

If you have the time, you’ll want to visit your loved one while they’re still in the hospital. It’s best to give them a couple of gifts that will help them pass the time while they’re recuperating, such as a brand-new journal, art supplies, books, audiobooks, magazines, and video games. Motivational posters featuring their favorite author or celebrity can also help. If the patient is already allowed oral food intake, bring them their favorite snacks or dishes.

One thing you should be careful about is bringing flowers. Many burn patients are highly susceptible to infections since their skin is not intact, which means they should be kept away from items that harbor bacteria. Fresh flowers unfortunately fall under this category. If you really want to surprise your loved one with fresh flowers, contact the hospital or the patient’s doctor, and ask if this is allowed. Otherwise, it’s safer to bring artificial flowers.

Provide emotional support

Some burn patients like to talk about the incident, while others want to forget about it. Take cues from your loved one and avoid talking about the incident if they don’t want to. If they’d like to talk, listen to them and ask thoughtful questions that help express their emotions without upsetting them.

Offer help with daily tasks

Receiving treatment in the hospital is just the first part of the battle for many burn patients. Once they get home, they’ll need help to do chores and other activities since their energy levels and range of movement are not the same as before. During this stage, the best thing you can do is to offer to help with day-to-day tasks. If you love to cook, for example, offer to make freezable meals for the family so they can enjoy home-cooked food without much effort.

Connect them with a trusted attorney

Many burn patients receive their injuries in incidents where another party was at fault. If this was what happened to your friend or family member, you’ll want to connect them with a legal expert like McEwen Law Firm. We have years of experience in helping burn victims build a solid case and obtain the financial compensation that they deserve. This amount can then be used for burn victim recovery treatments as well as other things that will help them get their life back on track.

The road to burn victim recovery is by no means an easy one. However, by being there for a loved one who has experienced burn injuries, you can make things less difficult and show them that there’s hope for the future.

 

Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.

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Burned in a Car Accident? Here’s Why You Should Hire a Competent Attorney

When people think of automobile accidents, they usually picture victims having broken bones as well as cuts and wounds from broken glass. What they usually don’t envision are victims who endure vehicle explosion burns.

The problem is that vehicle explosion burns are much more common than people think. From 2003 to 2007, an annual average of 287,000 vehicle fires were recorded in the United States. This resulted in an annual average of 480 deaths and 1,525 injuries among civilians as well as direct property damage worth $1.3 billion. This was reduced to 174,000 vehicle fires in 2015, although these incidents still caused 445 deaths and 1,550 injuries on that year.

Getting burned in an automobile accident is difficult and harrowing. If you find you or your loved one has been through this experience, you’ll need to hire a skillful and experienced attorney who specializes in vehicle explosion burns. By getting the help of this expert, you’ll have someone who’ll assist you with the following:

Determine what happened

Because of their experience, competent attorneys are familiar with the reasons behind vehicle fires, which include collisions between two or more vehicles, defective car parts, or leaking fuel tanks. They can also hire experts who will help determine exactly what caused the fire and/or explosion.

Build your case

Once the cause of the incident has been established, your attorney will build a solid, persuasive case showing that you deserve financial compensation. He will hire vehicle experts and accident reconstruction engineers to prove that the other party is at fault. (The other party can be the car manufacturer or the other motorists involved in the accident.) He will also work with your healthcare team to obtain documents about your burn injuries and show the extent of bodily harm you experienced, and he can hire medical experts to explain the future treatments you need (as well as their costs) to get better.

Obtain compensation that?s rightfully yours

Your attorney’s efforts will help prove that you deserve to be compensated for the injuries you’ve sustained during the vehicle explosion. This compensation will be paid by the motorist who was at fault or the company who manufactured the faulty car. With this amount, you’ll be able to focus on your getting better and regaining good health instead of worrying about where you’ll get funds for your treatments. You’ll also be able to pay for any future treatments and therapies you might need to restore your range of motion, remove scars and burn marks, and achieve other goals. The money from your compensation can also be used to replace the earnings that you’ve lost due to missed work.

Of course, no financial compensation can replace the life that a loved one has lost due to vehicle explosions. However, the compensation that you’ll get will support you and your family as you grieve, and it will help you rebuild your life as you move forward.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

If you or your family member is a victim of a vehicle explosion, get in touch with McEwen Law Firm. We represent clients who have incurred vehicle explosion burns and will help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

 


Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.