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Man badly shocked in Texas industrial accident

Unfortunately, work-related injuries are common and can happen in just about any job setting. However, industrial accidents can be some of the most dangerous, causing serious injury and greatly impacting a worker's life.

Recently, an 18-year-old Denver City, Texas, man suffered a serious electrical shock that occurred while he was working as a pulling hand for a Gaines County, Texas, irrigation company.

The accident occurred when the man was pulling a pump out of a water well, got too close to a power line and was shocked. The man was still conscious when a sheriff arrived and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock with unknown injuries. Despite the seriousness of the shock, the man was released from the hospital less than a week later.

Accidents like this happen more often than they should, and they are sometimes caused by the negligence of the employer. If so, the injured worker may be able to bring a claim for damages on that basis that could help pay for expensive medical bills and compensate the worker for lost wages. Some conditions that could create an unsafe working environment include: poor lighting, poor training and poor safety precautions.

Most workplace injuries also entitle the injured person to workers' compensation benefits. While the procedure for collecting workers' compensation varies from state to state, most states require the injured worker to notify the employer of the injury and fill out forms within a specific time period after the accident occurs before the worker receives any benefits. Workers' compensation claims can also be disputed, which might be a good time to contact an experienced attorney to represent the worker's rights throughout the administrative proceedings, judicial proceedings and appeals, should they happen.

It is important to note that once the injured workers elects to receive workers' compensation benefits, the worker will not be able to sue the employer for negligence. However, it is still permissible to sue third parties that are responsible for the injury.

Source: "Man recovering after being badly shocked," Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 25 Feb 2011.

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