Electric fences are often used for the purposes of securing property, keeping intruders out of unwanted areas, and keeping various types of animals and livestock in designated areas. Due to their nature, electric fences can be associated with various types of injuries and accidents. These can include:
- Electrocution injuries to humans;
- Property damage (fires and other incidents can sometimes be associate with electric fences); and/or
- Electrocution issues with livestock and other animals.
Electric fence injuries can be serious and can result in medical complications and other similar issues. Electric fence accidents and injuries can occur in various settings, including commercial settings as well as employment/work-related settings.
Who can be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by an Electric Fence?
Depending on the circumstances, different parties might be held liable for an electric fence injury. In some cases, the owner of property that has electric fences on the premises can sometimes be held liable for injuries that are caused by their fences. For instance, if they are negligent in the maintenance of their fences, and a person is injured due to a fence failure, the property owner might be held liable for the injury.
In other cases, electric fence accidents and injuries are the result of a defect with the fence. In such cases, the manufacturer of the product could be held liable if a product defect results in injuries to persons. An example of this is where there is a design defect that causes the fence to discharge more electricity than normal. Here, the manufacturer might be held liable for injuries resulting from the defect.
What are the Remedies for an Electric Fence Injury?
Electric fence injuries can involve some legal disputes and may require a lawsuit to address such issues. In these types of lawsuits, the legal remedy will usually involve a monetary damages award. The damages may be issued to the injured party to compensate them for losses such as medical expenses, hospital costs, lost work wages, pain and suffering costs, and other expenses.
In cases where a particular electric fence model or product has injured people, a recall may be issued, and class action lawsuits may result as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with an Electric Fence Accident?
Electric fence injuries and accidents can be serious and may require legal action. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with advice and legal representation for your case.