Our electric shock lawyers at Shouse Law Group help people who have suffered electrocution injuries. The harsh reality is that over 400 workers are electrocuted every year in the U.S. Accident victims and their family members deserve fair compensation for their losses.
People normally experience electric shock accidents by making contact with power lines, faulty products, defective machinery, and live electrical wiring. Injuries can include severe burns, cardiac arrest, and damage to tissues and organs.
Skilled electrocution attorneys can file an electric shock lawsuit on behalf of injury victims. These legal claims are often based on a variety of legal theories, including:
Not only can an experienced injury lawyer file a lawsuit on behalf of a client, but he/she can also assist injury victims by:
- managing their medical care and medical treatment,
- gathering evidence to identify all liable parties,
- filing personal injury claims with the insurance companies of at-fault parties, and
- filing a workers’ compensation claim (if applicable).
The Shouse Law Group is a California-based personal injury law firm that represents people in electrocution and electric shock injury cases. Our experienced attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Call today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common causes of electric shock accidents and common electrocution injuries?
Electrocution takes place when an electrical current passes through a person’s body. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 400 workers die every year due to electrocution accidents.1 Workers at a high risk of electrocution include electricians, factory workers, pipeline workers, power line workers, painters, construction workers, tree trimmers, maintenance personnel, and office workers.
While the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues several safety regulations to help employers prevent electric shock injuries, workers are not immune from electrocution accidents.2 Common causes of electrocution injuries include workers making contact with:
- overhead and underground power lines,
- live electrical wiring and high voltage electrical sources,
- defective machinery, equipment, and tools, and
- faulty extension cords.
Note that non-workers are also at risk of electric shock injuries. People can suffer electrocution injuries at home or out in public. Accidents can result from defective products, improper wiring, hidden electrical lines, and even car accidents.
Electric shock accidents can lead to serious injuries (including catastrophic injuries). Common types of injuries/conditions that electrocution victims typically suffer from include:
- electric shock,
- cardiac arrest,
- thermal burns,
- severe burns,
- electrical burns, and
- internal damage to tissues and organs.
Who are common defendants in electric shock cases?
Electrocution accident lawyers typically name the following parties as defendants in these cases:
- property owners (including owners of construction sites)
- governmental entities,
- product manufacturers,
- negligent drivers (or those that fail to drive while adhering to an appropriate duty of care), and
- electric utility companies.
Guilty parties in these personal injury cases normally have to compensate injury victims for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If an accident victim died because of an electric shock accident, his/her family members can likely file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the accident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
What is the role of a personal injury lawyer in electrocution cases?
Electrocution injury lawyers play a huge role in these cases.
For example, personal injury attorneys can help clients receive medical attention and they can assist them manage their ongoing medical care.
Lawyers also conduct case reviews to learn all of the pertinent facts of a case. They can then help gather any missing evidence to help prove liability. If necessary, a lawyer can appoint an expert to aid in presenting this evidence to a judge or jury.
If an at-fault party is insured, personal injury lawyers can file a personal injury claim with any applicable insurance companies and negotiate the claim on behalf of the injury victim. Further, if an employee suffered an electric shock injury at work, an attorney could help the victim file a workers’ compensation claim.
Finally, attorneys can file lawsuits in personal injury cases and work to receive favorable verdicts on behalf of their clients.
What are the benefits of an electric shock accident lawyer?
Attorneys in these cases help clients maximize the compensation for their losses.
Electrocution lawyers know how much an accident case is worth. Therefore, they will not accept lowball settlement offers from insurance companies and at-fault parties.
Attorneys can also find hidden value in a case (for example, by identifying more than one negligent party). As a result, they help increase a client’s payout.
Injured parties also benefit because an accident attorney takes control of a case from the get-go. Injury victims can then focus on their health and healing.
Almost all personal injury lawyers provide free case evaluations. This means a victim can get all of his/her legal questions answered without spending a dime.
Note that the communications between a lawyer and his/her client are protected by the attorney-client relationship. The result is that a lawyer cannot disclose these communications without first getting a client’s consent.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in an electric shock accident, we invite you to contact our law firm/law office at the Shouse Law Group. Our California personal injury attorneys provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust. We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.