Numerous jobs, including electricians, construction workers, mechanics, and many more, involve working with wires and electricity. Unfortunately, electrocution accidents can occur and cause serious accidents. In these cases, you may be eligible to recover workers’ compensation. Read on to learn more about electrocution accidents in New Jersey.
How do electrocution accidents occur?
The most common causes of electrocution accidents include:
- Improperly discarded extension cords
- Exposed wires Fallen telephone lines
- Electrical outlets placed in unsafe locations
- Shorts in electrical appliances due to manufacturing defects
- Faulty wiring in hot tubs and pools
- Commercial equipment malfunctioning
Types of workers’ compensation benefits:
If you are injured at work, you may be eligible to receive the following benefits:
- Medical Benefits: This covers any medical treatment, prescriptions, and hospitalization services that are related to the injury.
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits: This is payable if an employee is incapable of returning to work for more than 7 days. Payments are made at a rate of 70% of their average weekly wage. These payments cannot exceed the rate of 75% or fall below 20% of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage.
- Permanent Partial Benefits: These benefits are payable on a weekly basis when an employee is on a partial permanent disability. They are based on a percentage of “scheduled” or “non-scheduled” losses. A scheduled loss includes arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, ears, or teeth. A non-scheduled loss includes other areas of the body such as the back, heart, and lungs.
- Permanent Total Benefits: This is payable if an employee cannot return to work at all. The employee may be paid weekly for 450 weeks but can continue beyond this limit if the injured employee can prove they still cannot earn wages.
- Death Benefits: This is payable to dependents of an employee if they die due to a work injury or illness. The weekly payments are 70% of the deceased’s weekly wage. This total is divided by the individual’s surviving dependents based on a judge’s discretion.
If you have been injured at work, you will need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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