The four main types of electrical injuries are: (1) electrocution that causes death or serious injury; (2) electric shock injury; (3) burns (which can be both disabling and disfiguring); and (4) trauma to the brain resulting in neurologic consequences such as memory loss and difficulty performing normal tasks.
If you have been injured by or if you have lost a loved one to an electrocution accident, an experienced electrocution lawyer can help you and your family protect your legal rights and ensure that you recover the best settlement possible in your case against the responsible parties.
What are the four main types of electrical injuries?
The four main types of electrical injuries are: (1) electrocution resulting in death or serious injury; (2) electric shock injury; (3) burns; and (4) trauma to the brain.
Electrocution occurs when a person is exposed to and/or comes into contact with a source of electricity which sends an electrical current through the person’s body, resulting in death or serious injury to the person.
An electric shock injury occurs when a person is exposed to and/or comes into contact with a source of electricity – directly or indirectly – sending an electrical current through a portion of the person’s body.
However, unlike electrocution, it does not result in death – though it can cause serious, disabling injury.
Burns are painful, debilitating and disfiguring injuries that occur when an electrical current enters and/or exits a person’s body. Burns can damage or destroy not only a person’s skin, but they can also cause extensive damage to a person’s internal tissues, muscle, veins, arteries and organs.
Trauma to the brain
Because the body’s ability to resist the potential damage of an electrical current passing through is weaker in the brain’s neural tissue, victims of the four main types of electrical injuries may suffer neurologic consequences such as serious brain injury manifested as memory loss, depression, deficits in reasoning and difficulty with performing normal personal and work-related tasks.
What are the causes of the four main types of electrical injuries?
The causes of the four main types of electrical injuries include: (1) Contact with a power line (downed or otherwise), electrical arc flash, or exposed electrical sources; (2) Faulty electrical wiring, installations and repairs; (3) Faulty swimming pool pumps or lights; and (4) Shock from faulty or unprotected electrical products and machinery.
What affects the severity of an injury suffered by electricity?
The factors that affect the severity of the injuries suffered include: (1) the voltage involved; (2) the amperage involved; (3) the pathway that the electric current traveled through the person’s body; and (4) the duration of time that a person had contact with the electric charge.
Do you have a case if you were injured by electricity while at work?
If you have been injured by electricity while you are at work, then you may have a claim for Workers Compensation benefits against your employer and a claim for pain and suffering compensation against any responsible third parties.
What if one of the four main types of electrical injuries have caused the death of a loved one?
You and your family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties to recover pain and suffering compensation and other economic loss damages if you have lost a loved one due to an electrocution accident.
However, if your loved one was killed at work by one of the four main types of electrical injuries, then your claim may be limited to recovering death benefits under the Workers Comp law, unless there are other responsible, non-employer third parties that can be identified.
Compensation for injury
There is no set amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive for injuries suffered from electricity. Factors to consider include: (1) your injuries; (2) your present and future medical needs; (3) your pain and suffering; and (4) your lawyer’s experience and track record.
Your choice of lawyer plays a significant role in the amount of compensation you are able to recover for your injuries.
You want an experienced electrocution lawyer on your side because attorneys who are known for going to trial can settle cases for more money and often much faster.
Insurance companies and utility companies know who the attorneys are who go to trial and they know the attorneys they can intimidate into “settling cases short.”
Get help from an experienced electric shock injury lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of serious personal injury or death caused by electricity, you can call and speak with Jeff Feldman, arguably the nation’s most experienced electric shock accident and electrocution attorney. Jeff has litigated electrocution cases and electric shock injury cases in multiple states for families whose loved ones were injured or killed by the four main types of electrical injuries, such as faulty consumer products, negligence in the building and construction industry, downed or low-hanging overhead power cables, and defective or poorly maintained pool equipment. Jeff also consults with injury lawyers throughout the country on electric shock injury and wrongful death cases involving electricity. You can call Jeff toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.