Every year in the United States, at least 1,000 people die from electrical injuries. An additional 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents are also reported annually. While electrocution may not be as common as car accidents or slip and falls, electric shock is well-known for its potential to cause life-threatening and long-term injuries, including serious burn injuries.
If you or a loved one has been electrocuted, whether due to equipment malfunction or unsafe conditions, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Find out everything you need to know about electric shock injury cases from a New Orleans electrocution accident lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys.
Who Is Responsible For Electrocution Accidents?
In any personal injury case, you must be able to prove that your accident and any resulting injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, company, or manufacturer. So, for example, if you were electrocuted after disregarding posted safety warnings or unlawfully trespassing onto someone else’s property, you would ultimately be held responsible for the injuries and any financial costs you incurred.
However, in many cases of electrocution, someone else may be either wholly or partially at fault for the accident. Qualifying circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
- Defective products. If you were electrocuted due to a design flaw or manufacturing error of an electrical appliance or device, you could be entitled to compensation.
- Unsafe conditions. If you suffered electrical injuries due to unsafe conditions while in the workplace, inside a business, or on someone else’s property, you could have a premises liability case if the property owner failed to address known safety issues on their property.
- Utility companies and government entities may also be held liable for accidents occuring due to faulty or damaged power lines or other unsafe conditions on public property.
- Electricians or contractors who performed shoddy work on your home may also be held responsible for injuries resulting from negligence.
You should contact an electrocution accident lawyer to evaluate and determine whether or not you may have a personal injury case.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available to Electrocution Victims?
Filing a lawsuit against the responsible party may help electrocution victims and their families offset some or all of the costs incurred as a result of the accident. These tangible damages may include medical bills for hospital stays and ongoing care, physical therapy, rehabilitation services, in-home care for those who need help with daily tasks due to their injuries, and lost wages.
In addition, a personal injury lawsuit provides additional considerations for non-economic losses due to the injury. This might include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, reduced quality of life, and in the case of wrongful death, end of life care, and funeral expenses.
Do I Need an Electrocution Accident Lawyer?
If you are asking yourself this question, chances are it’s because you suspect that someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or inaction directly caused the electrical injuries you or a loved one has sustained. If this describes you, then you should strongly consider consulting an electrocution accident lawyer.
At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, we offer complimentary, no obligation consultations to all our prospective clients. If you’re not sure whether you have a case or are wondering if the cost of hiring a lawyer is worth the settlement you may secure, our legal team will carefully review your case for free to help you understand all your legal options.
To arrange your free consultation, call us at one of the numbers listed below, chat with a live agent online, or send us the details of your case for a free review. Remember, we don’t collect a penny unless we win your case.