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Green Bay electrocution attorneysStatistics from the Electrical Safety Foundation International, or ESFI, indicate that there were over 2, 200 non-fatal electrocution injuries in the year 2015. One-quarter of those electrocutions resulted in time away from work for the injured party. While the median time-frame amounted to just 10 days, the data also suggests that a return to work is not always possible. Furthermore, workers may be unable to perform their original duties after an electrocution injury. Learn more about the outcome and prognosis for electrocution victims in the following sections. 

Study Examines Long-Term Prognosis for Electrocution Victims 

A recent study, published in the Journal of Acute Disease, researchers examined the long-term outcomes and prognosis for electrocution victims. Participants, who suffered their injuries between 2006 and 2008, were mostly male (96.8 percent) with a median age of 27.9. Nearly three-quarters of the injuries (73.9 percent) were work-related. Study authors followed the victims for six years, post-injury. 

Results indicated that most of the injured victims returned to work (81 percent), but only 5 percent were able to resume their original work duties. Most needed financial support from their families, insurance companies, or employers after returning to their jobs. Total disability prevented 6.3 percent from ever returning to their jobs. These individuals needed complete help with even minor, daily living activities. Many of these individuals were younger and had a longer life expectancy, which places a burden on the government and society. 

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Green Bay electrocution injury lawyersConsumers expect that the products they purchase will be safe to use, so long as they follow the warnings and instructions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, statistics say that some 48 people die of consumer product-related electrocution each year. Learn how you can obtain full and fair compensation if you or your loved one has been killed or injured by a consumer product, and discover how a seasoned, competent personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process. 

The Truth About Consumer Product Recalls

Ideally, products would not be released to the public until after they have undergone a rigorous safety inspection. Sadly, there are holes in the system, so numerous defective items are placed into the hands of consumers each year. Sometimes the defects are caught before an injury or death occurs, but usually, it is a tragedy that sparks a recall. From there, consumers must rely on news sources, online notifications, and product registries to inform them of the dangerous item. Sadly, this system does not always work either, so many people continue to use a product that is unsafe. Because of that continued use, their risk of a death or injury may increase, and if one does occur, their chances of a full and fair settlement may decrease. 

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Appleton, WI defective product lawyersElectrocution might seem like an easy situation to avoid, but there are unseen and little known risks everywhere. They come in the form of defective consumer products, such as power tools, hair dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Even more concerning is the rate at which these products lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. If you are a consumer and own any electrical appliance, tool, or device know what your risks are, and how to proceed if an injury does occur.

Report Reveals Some Americans are at Higher Risk

While all consumers who use electrical products are at risk for electrocution from a defective product, a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that some Americans are at higher risk than others. Their analysis, which examined the number of electrocution deaths caused by consumer products from 2007 through 2009, found that men were seven times more likely than women to suffer death after being electrocuted by a consumer product. Those between the ages of 40 and 59 were found to be at an especially high risk. In fact, 51 of the approximately 70 deaths per year were experienced by consumers within this age group.

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electrocution injuries, Green Bay Personal Injury LawyerWhat is Electrocution?

Electrocution occurs when an individual is exposed to a high voltage electrical current. The effects of this shock can range from relatively minor wounds to death. Factors that contribute to the severity of electrocution include the following:

  • Type of circuit and current;

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