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 are 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, higher voltage is required to cause devastating electrocution. For example, in humans, our skin is our body’s natural resistance against electricity. This is why small shocks don’t do much damage. However, when the skin is breached, the internal organs are defenseless.
When skin is wet or damaged, it has 100 times less resistance than dry skin.
The 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.
Filing a lawsuit for electrocution
As noted above, electrocution occurs when a person is exposed to high voltage electricity and shocked. This can result in injuries or even death. Injured parties and family members may be able to file a lawsuit against negligent parties.
Holding someone accountable for electrocution depends on several factors. For example, depends on where the electrocution occurred and the cause.
Where can electrocutions occur?
Electrocution can occur in a variety of places including the following locations:
- In the home
- Somebody else’s property
Common causes of electric shock injury
Work injuries account for most reported electric shock injury and death cases. However, these 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 includes:
- 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. Electrocution injuries include:
- Severe burns on hands, heels or head
- Spinal injuries or fractures from being thrown
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Entry and exit marks
- 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.
When to call 911 after an electrocution
For high-voltage shocks or lightning strikes, it is important to call 911 immediately. If there is uncertainty around 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
How do doctors treat electrocutions?
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 will 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 from negligence. An electrocution lawyer from our firm can help you recover any damages you incurred as a result of your injuries.
Proving 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 injuries?
Depending on where your shock happened, you can hold business owners and property owners responsible for your injuries. 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 complicated and can often overlap. No matter what your case requires, The Carlson Law Firm has an experienced Electrocution Lawyer than can guide you through your legal journey.
How an Electrocution Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Here at The Carlson Law Firm, we have been helping personal injury victims for over 40 years. If you have suffered an electrical injury in the workplace, don’t wait another moment to seek the guidance of an experienced Electrocution Lawyer. Our team is ready to heavily invest in your case and pursue maximum compensation while ensuring you are getting the medical treatment necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation. We care, we can help.