The human anatomy is extremely sensitive to electricity. When an electric current passes through a person’s body, they experience some of the most devastating injuries imaginable. In almost every one of these incidents, electrical injuries are completely preventable.
If you’ve suffered an electrical injury on the job, in a public place or in your own home, you might be wondering whether you have legal options available to pursue payment for the costs of that injury. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s mistake or carelessness, then you could indeed have a personal injury claim.
Steven H. Heisler helps injured people get compensation for injuries caused by others. We want to help you hold the at-fault party responsible for the harm you’ve suffered. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
How Electrical Injuries Happen
When electricity is running through a building or a piece of equipment, it doesn’t take much for something to go horribly wrong. Here are just a few examples of how serious electrical injuries occur:
- Faulty wiring in a building
- Faulty electrical appliances
- Fallen power lines
- Defective products
- Lack of safety training for workers.
If an outlet, power line or other source of electricity poses a threat to people, the owner of the property is obligated to warn everyone in its vicinity of the dangers. If an employer will be exposing workers to electricity, they must train workers how to safely deal with the risks.
Any of the above scenarios can be avoided through proper safety procedures. If someone suffers an electrical injury because another person or business fails to do their due diligence, then the injured person has the right to consider filing an injury claim to receive payment for the damages they have suffered.
Examples of Electrical Injuries
When someone comes into contact with electricity, they might experience…
- Heart attack
- Thermal burns
- Internal injuries or organ damage
- Muscle or nerve damage
These are just a few examples of the damage exposure to electricity can cause. In addition to the physical harm suffered by people with electrical injuries, other consequences include costly medical bills, missed time at work and emotional pain and suffering.
Your Legal Options Depend on Who Was Responsible
Electrical injuries on the job: For workers, an electrical injury might lead to workers’ compensation benefits. However, if the injury stems from poorly maintained property conditions or a defective product, then a third-party liability claim might be the best legal option available.
Electrical injuries from faulty products: For consumers who suffer an electrical injury from a defective product, a product liability claim can help ensure that the manufacturer of the faulty item is held accountable for the costs associated with the injury. Even if a product isn’t labeled properly and a consumer suffers injuries as a result, the manufacturer can be named in a product liability claim.
Electrical injuries from dangerous property conditions: When a property owner fails to maintain the safety of their property and someone suffers an injury, the injured party can file a premises liability claim to seek payment for their injuries. A property owner should inspect their property frequently and have any dangerous electrical issues identified and repaired as soon as possible. They should also post signs warning people of any dangers that they might face near electrical currents.
Don’t Worry – You Don’t Need to Be a Legal Expert to Get Started
When you see the different case types listed above, you might be unsure what type of injury claim to file. Fortunately, you aren’t required to know exactly who was at fault for your injury. These cases can be complicated, and determining fault is a task best left to an attorney who knows the law and how to conduct investigations to determine liability.
Contact Steven H. Heisler to Talk to an Attorney for Free
We offer free consultations so we can hear your story and give you an initial evaluation. We know how difficult life can be when struggling with a serious injury, so we want to make life as easy as possible while you explore your legal options.
Steven H. Heisler has built his reputation on the results he earns for clients. When you come to our firm, you will be treated with respect and your struggles will be taken seriously. When we accept a case, we fight for our clients to make sure they get the payment they’re entitled to.
Contact Steven H. Heisler today to schedule your free consultation.