As we often discuss, many serious injuries and deaths are preventable through the exercise of reasonable care. This is true in driving a car or even going to the doctor. The same applies to electrocution injuries. We have seen all too many electrocution injuries and deaths that could have been prevented in the exercise of reasonable care by power companies and product manufacturers. Electrocution accidents can occur anywhere, but most notably, the risk of electrocution increases significantly at construction sites, during storms and in the process of fighting fires. Defective products like appliances and power tools can cause electrical injury.
What kind of injuries are the result of electrocution? Electrocution can lead to severe, permanent injuries. Some of these injuries include:
- Vision or memory loss
- Nerve damage
- Heart or lung damage
How do I know if an electrocution injury or death was the result of negligence? While some instances of electrocution are simply accidents, there are electrocution injuries and deaths that are preventable and stem from negligence. If someone is electrocuted on a construction site, there may be a case against the electrical contractor, property owner or power company. An owner of a property may be responsible for faulty or exposed wiring if the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition. Product liability in electrocution cases occurs when a dangerous or defective product caused the injury. Power companies have been found liable for personal injury and death for failing to de-energize power lines downed in a storm. If someone you love was electrocuted, you may not know whether it occurred due to negligence.
You need an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate your case, and to fight for you in the event that the electrocution was the result of negligence. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, call or message us today.