While electricity is used every day and all around us, sources of electricity have the potential to cause serious harm. Electrocution can cause many injuries, including burns, brain damage, seizures and death.
If you are injured by a source of electricity, you may be able to file a lawsuit for negligence. In addition, if you are electrocuted while working, you may be able to file a worker’s compensation claim.
What are Some Examples of how Electrocution Accidents Occur?
Electrocution accidents may occur if you come into contact with a power line, which contains high voltage and can be very dangerous. This is unfortunately a common accident you see happen to construction workers. However, anyone has the potential to come into contact with a power line since they are present all around us.
In addition, an electrocution accident could occur from faulty electrical wiring inside a home if the house is old or the wiring was installed incorrectly. You may also be electrocuted by a product that malfunctions or that was manufactured or installed improperly.
If I am Electrocuted, What Types of Lawsuits Can I Bring?
If you are a on the job and have been electrocuted by a power line, you may be able to file a worker’s compensation claim against your employer. Employers and workers can avoid construction accidents by developing strong safety guidelines and making sure that all workers are trained in workplace safety. It is also important to train workers about power lines so that they understand how to assess the risk of electrocution accidents. Power lines may also be insulated or de-energized in order to reduce the risk of electrocution.
If you are an ordinary person who is electrocuted by a power line, you would have the option to file a lawsuit for negligence against the responsible parties. Potential defendants could be the public utility company who is responsible for maintenance of the power line or a general contractor, if you are a bystander injured on a construction site.
If you are electrocuted because of faulty wiring in your home, you may have a lawsuit for negligence against the builder of your home or against an electrician who previously performed work on your home.
If you are electrocuted because you used a product that malfunctioned, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product. For example, you could be electrocuted by a faulty kitchen appliance or hair dryer. If this occurs, you should explore your options for filing a product liability lawsuit.
Electrocution Accidents Resulting in Death
If someone is electrocuted and the accident tragically results in death, the person’s surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These types of suits are brought on behalf of the deceased person, and can provide damages such as funeral costs, medical expenses and loss of companionship.
Should I Contact an Attorney?
If you have been electrocuted, you may want to consider contacting a local personal injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit. Depending on how you were injured, you may have a lawsuit for negligence or product liability. Regardless, an attorney can explain your chance of success in filing a lawsuit and clearly explain the next steps you should take to be compensated for your injuries.