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You Can Get Compensated for Your South Florida Electrical Injury
You probably never gave too much thought to electrical injuries – until one happened to you or someone you care about.
Caused by a variety of factors, electrical injuries occur when an electrical current passes through the body. Symptoms may include burns, internal damage, respiratory arrest, and chronic pain. The most serious electrical exposure can even result in death, which is referred to as electrocution.
Although electrical accidents such as being shocked by an electrical outlet or an appliance may not result in serious injury most of the time, the experienced lawyers at The Injury Law Firm of South Florida have seen just how damaging exposure to high volts of electricity can be. Every year, there are more than 30,000 electrical shock incidents and hundreds of electrocution deaths. A severe electrical injury can be painful and debilitating, while an electrocution can leave the victim’s family devastated.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an electrical accident, you may not know who is responsible or where to turn. After suffering through one of these traumatic, serious accidents, it’s highly recommended to work with an experienced attorney.
Only a seasoned Florida electrocution accident attorney will be able to investigate and pursue a claim to hold the responsible party liable. Through a successful electrical injury claim, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Common Causes of Electrocutions and Electrical Injuries in South Florida
The majority of electrical injuries and electrocutions happen in the workplace – particularly at construction sites – but they can also happen in public spaces and in the home. In fact, electrical accidents can occur virtually anywhere and may take many different forms. The severity of the injury may be impacted by the strength of the voltage, the length of exposure, how the current passes through the body, and more.
Some of the most common causes of electrocutions and electrical injuries include:
Fallen power lines. Serious electrical shock can result from fallen or exposed power lines. Power lines may be downed by strong winds or storms and pose a serious danger, particularly around water.
Damaged cords. Electrical cords can cause electrical injuries and fatalities if they are worn or damaged. If the insulation of cords is cut, burnt, or frayed, electricity can escape from the circuit and into a nearby body. Extension cords and power strips can be especially dangerous and should never be concealed under carpeting or exposed to water.
Defective products. A wide variety of products can cause severe electrical injuries or electrocution, from Christmas lights to TVs to power tools. Products can cause electric shock due to defects like faulty wiring, insufficient insulation, and on/off switch failure.
Water shock. In swimming pools, water-based amusement park rides, and boating docks, faulty equipment can cause electrical currents to leak into the water. When this occurs, swimmers in the water can be incapacitated or electrocuted in what is known as Electric Shock Drowning (ESD).
Work site accidents. Electrocution is a leading cause of death among construction workers in South Florida. In addition to construction workers, employees like electricians, roofers, carpenters, contractors, landscapers, and agricultural workers are at high risk.
Electrical accidents occur at worksites for many reasons, but some of the most common include dangerous or improper equipment, lack of ground-fault protection, improper training, and unsafe practices.
We Can Help You Hold Negligent Parties Accountable for These Symptoms of Electrical Injuries
Depending on the severity of the injury, a victim of electric shock may have very minor symptoms or serious burns and pain.
Even if you do not feel hurt immediately, our injury attorneys always recommend that you get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. This is both for your health, as some serious issues may not make themselves known until days or weeks later, at which point the problem could be worse, and to strengthen your injury claim if you decide to pursue one.
Wait to see the doctor and the defendant will likely argue that your injuries occurred in some other way. Limit this line of argument by seeking immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of electrical injuries include:
Burns. After a high-voltage of electric shock, the victim may get severe burns on the areas of the body in contact with the electrical current and ground. Typically, this includes the hands, heels, and/or head.
Spinal and bone injuries. If the victim is thrown clear of the electrical source by a powerful muscular contraction, he or she may suffer spinal or bone injuries.
Internal injuries. Following an electric shock, chest pain, abdominal pain, or shortness of breath may indicate organ damage and other internal damage.
Cardiac arrest. Electric shock can result in damage to the heart and even cardiac arrest.
Brain damage. Electrocution injuries may result in brain damage that leads to neurological and/or psychological problems. This could manifest as problems hearing, speaking, and/or seeing.
Death. Even a small current of electricity can result in fatality or electrocution if it flows directly through the central nervous system or heart.
Who Can Be Held Liable for an Electrical Injury in South Florida?
After a victim suffers an electrical injury in South Florida, he or she may be able to file a claim for medical bills, lost wages, and overall pain and suffering. Who can be held accountable for electrical accidents depends on the circumstances, and could include:
- If electrical injuries are caused by a defective product, power cord, or equipment, the manufacturer may be held responsible.
- Employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe, which includes providing a safe work environment, proper equipment, and adequate training. If an employer or company fails to live up to this standard, they may be held liable for resulting electrical injuries or electrocution.
- Construction companies, electricians, and contractors. If a construction company or individual contractor installs wiring or equipment improperly, they may be held responsible for resulting electrical accidents and injuries.
Seek Justice for South Florida Electrical Injuries and Electrocutions
If you or someone you love has suffered injury or death because of an electrical accident, we encourage you to get in touch. We can help you investigate the circumstances of the electrical accident and identify the responsible parties.
Our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you hold negligent companies responsible for their carelessness, and to obtain the compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life.
Reach out now by filling out our online case review form or calling one of our convenient numbers:
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