Oklahoma worker electrocuted while working on home

An Oklahoma City resident was electrocuted while working under a house in the northwest area of the city the morning of Sept. 17. Emergency responders were sent to the home just before noon and were able to locate the man shortly afterward. It is unclear whether the man died at the scene or upon arrival at the hospital.

According to police representatives, the man was working in the crawl space of the home in the 1800 block of Park Plaza near Northwest 10th Street and Interstate 44 when he was electrocuted. It is unknown what company employed the man or what the man's job entailed.

If a workplace accident such as this one occurs, it can be a trying time for those involved. An employee injured on the job is entitled to medical and financial benefits through Oklahoma's worker's compensation program. Such benefits can include but are not limited to temporary disability, permanent disability, medical care, ongoing medical maintenance and, if necessary, vocational rehabilitation. Death benefits are available for the families of workers who have been killed on the job. Unfortunately, some employers try to get by providing as little benefits as possible.

In a scenario such as this one, employees injured at work may require the assistance of an attorney to help them gain the worker's compensation required and to possibly pursue a third-party personal injury claim if the workplace accident was caused by another person and not a coworker. It is important that Oklahoma City employees understand their rights and have trusted experience at their side should the unthinkable happen.

Source: News9.com, "Worker Killed After Being Electrocuted Under NW OKC House", Matthew Nuttle, September 17, 2014

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