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Electric shock injury can range from minor to severe. In the United States, electrocution causes about 1,000 deaths every year. These injuries can be caused by accidents at work, curious exploration of electricity or malfunctions in devices. When electric shock injury occurs as a result of negligence, contact an Electrocution Lawyer right away. If electric shock caused by another person has affected you or a loved one, a personal injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you on your road to recovery.
With more than 40 years of experience, The Carlson Law Firm has established itself as the premier personal injury law firm. By holding at-fault parties accountable, our expert electric shock injury attorneys have recouped millions of dollars in damages for individuals and their families.
What is Electrocution?
By definition, electrocution is death or serious injury caused by an electric current passing through the body. Electricity is made up of volts and amperes (amps).
Amperage: measures how many electrons flow through something per second. Typically, one amp is about 6 million trillion electrons per second. This flow of electrons per second is the cause of tissue of and nervous system damage. Often, this results in electrons heating and burning bodily tissues, or interfere with signals that cause the heart to beat. For example, this interference with signals in the body causes your muscles to clench and make it physically impossible for a person to let go of the current source.
Voltage: measures the push of electrons through an object.
Every object has electrical resistance. Depending on the strength of natural resistance, a higher voltage is required to cause devastating electrocution. For example, in humans, our skin is our body’s natural resistance to electricity. This is why small shocks don’t do much damage. However, when the skin is breached, the internal organs are defenseless.
When the skin is wet or damaged, it has 100 times less resistance than dry skin.
A published study “Conduction of Electrical Current to and Through the Human Body: A Review” gives a comprehensive breakdown of what happens when the body is subjected to electricity.
What are the Common Causes of Electric Shock Injury?
The two most common areas in which electrocutions occur in the United States are those involving consumer appliances and construction-related accidents. Every year, about 30,000 people in the United States experience nonfatal “shock” accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typically, these incidents involve a defective home appliance. In some cases, the injuries sustained in this type of situation can be serious.
Work injuries account for most reported electric shock injury and death cases. However, these electrocution accidents can happen to you or a loved one in the homes, businesses and hospitals. When third parties are negligent around electricity, it can result in serious lifelong consequences. Common causes of electric shock injury include:
- Faulty appliances
- Damaged or frayed cords
- Improper extension cord use
- Incorrect home or business wiring
- Deteriorated wiring
- Downed power lines
- Unsafe tools
- Improperly grounded wires
- Defective equipment
- Faulty or damaged equipment
- Poor workplace safety training
Almost all Americans are exposed to electricity at some point in their day. Whether at work, school or home, there is a chance that you will come into contact with electricity. According to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, the five most common injuries come from the following:
- Direct worker contact with an energized power line (28%)
- Direct worker contact with energized equipment (21%)
- Boomed vehicle contact with an energized power line (18%)
- Improperly installed or damaged equipment (17%)
- Conductive equipment contact with an energized powerline (16%)
If you or a loved one suffered an electric shock injury, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with an Electrocution Lawyer. We can help you determine if you have a case.
What are the Symptoms of Electric Shock Injury?
There is usually very little evidence of external injury in cases of electrocution. However, survivors may have severe burn injuries at the shock location site. Meanwhile, their insides will be ravaged by cardiac arrest or nerve damage. Symptoms depend on the strength of the voltage and how long an individual was in contact with the electricity. Additionally, how electricity moves through the body and the affected person’s individual health plays a factor in the severity of the symptoms. Generally, electrocution injuries include:
- Severe burns on hands, heels or head
- Spinal injuries or bone fractures from being thrown
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Entry and exit marks
- Numbness or tingling
- Problems with vision, swallowing or hearing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiac arrest
If you or your loved one have suffered from injuries similar to those mentioned, contact a qualified electrocution lawyer. You don’t have to go through this alone. Our compassionate attorneys will help you navigate the American legal system to get you the favorable recovery you deserve.
The number of work-related electrocution victims continues to rise. Frequently, employer negligence is the cause when a worker is killed or seriously injured after contacting power lines and exposed electrical sources. Most on-the-job injuries in Texas are covered by the workers’ compensation laws of Texas.
And while workers’ compensation provides some compensation for an injured worker’s monetary losses and provides benefits to dependents in electrocution cases, the benefits are often insufficient.
What to do After an Electric Shock
If you are the unfortunate witness to an electric shock there are some things you can to stop or prevent severe electric shock injury. For example, if you can safely do so, turn off the source of the electric current. However, simply turning off an appliance may not stop the electrocution. You will need to unplug the cord or remove the fuse box. Additionally, you should not try to rescue a person who is still in an active high-voltage area.
- More steps you can take to stop an electrocution include:
- Call 911 right away
- Use a non-conducting object such as a broom, chair, rug or rubber doormat to push the person away from the current. Do not use wet or metal objects.
- Once away from the source of electricity, check the person’s airways and pulse. If either has stopped begin, CPR.
- Whenever burns are present, remove any clothing that comes off easily and cool the area with running water.
- If the person is faint or showing signs of shock, lay them down with the head slightly lower than the body and legs elevated.
- Stay with the person until medical treatment arrives.
- Do not move a person because there may be head or neck injuries present.
When to Call 911
For high-voltage shocks or lightning strikes, it is important to call 911 immediately. If there is uncertainty about whether or not the volt was low or high, it is best to err on the side on the caution and seek medical care.
Following a low voltage shock, seek medical attention in the following situations:
- It’s been more than five years since the victim’s last tetanus booster
- Burns are not healing
- Burns with increasing redness, soreness or drainage
- The victim is more than 20 weeks pregnant
- Any noticeable burn to the skin
- Unconsciousness (no matter how long)
- Numbness, tingling, paralysis, vision, hearing or speech problems
- Any other worrisome or abnormal symptoms or signs
Treatment for electric shock depends on the severity of burns and other injuries found. Less severe burns may be treated with topical ointment or dressing, while more severe burns can be treated with skin grafting or amputation. When an electrocuted person seeks medical treatment, the doctor’s main concern is checking for internal injuries. Electric shock injury can affect the muscles, heart, brain, bones or other organs. These injuries can come from the shock itself or being thrown. Tests may include any of the following:
- ECC or EKG (check the heart)
- Complete blood count
- Urine test for muscle enzymes
- CT Scans
Brief low-voltage shocks usually do not require medical care. If your injury happens is because of a negligent act of another, contact The Carlson Law Firm. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience representing people injured by negligence. An electrocution lawyer from our firm can help you recover any damages you incurred as a result of your injuries.
Liability for Electrocution
After an electric shock injury, victims may suffer both financially and emotionally. A qualified electrocution lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against a negligent party. In order to receive compensation for your damages, a personal injury attorney from The Carlson Law Firm can help you prove the following:
- Duty. Proving that the negligent party owed you a duty to use reasonable care with equipment, wiring and safeguards or warnings to prevent the electric shock injury.
- Breach. The at-fault party did not uphold their legal duty of care and failed to act responsibly with electrical equipment, wiring and safeguards or warning to prevent the injury.
- Causation. The negligent party’s failure to act accordingly caused your injuries.
- Damages. Your injuries can be awarded monetary damages.
Who can I hold responsible for my electrocution injuries?
Depending on where your shock happened, you can hold business owners and property owners responsible for your injuries. For example, if your child suffers severe electric shock injuries or death from the negligence of a daycare or childcare provider you can hold them accountable in civil court. There are three main ways an individual can hold a negligent party accountable:
- Premises Liability: Only applies if the property owner knew or should have known about the danger that led to your electric shock injuries.
- Negligent training or supervision: Applies when an employer failed to properly train employees in electric safety.
- Vicarious liability: Employees negligent in the scope of their employment can be held liable for their actions or failure to act.
If you lost a loved one because of electrocution you may have a wrongful death claim. Additionally, if you were electrocuted at work, you may need to file a worker’s compensation claim. The law is complex and can often overlap. No matter what your case requires, The Carlson Law Firm has an experienced Electrocution Lawyer that can guide you through your legal journey.
How an Electrocution Lawyer From The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you or someone you love suffered serious injury or death from an electric shock injury, contact The Carlson Law Firm today. We can help you on your road to recovery. Electrocution is a serious injury that can lead to lifelong injuries. Give us a call to speak with a qualified electrocution lawyer today. We can help you get compensation for injuries that were the result of negligence. With one of our attorneys by your side, you will get the recovery you deserve.