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Electrical Injuries

Our Michigan personal injury lawyers  investigate electrocution injuries for their clients. These cases result in very serious injuries, like burn injuries, electrocution, and often death, giving rise to a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit.

Electrical injuries are actually a spectrum of injuries, rangning from very mild, like an electrical shock caused by a low-voltage household current, to a truly devastating injury from a high tension electrical wire.
Because of the high risk of serious injury or death from escaping electricity, a power company or person maintaining electrical wires must use increased care proportionate to the danger. The electrical company has a higher standard of care because of the known danger of electricity. Important factors include the amount of current (low-voltage household, 120-440 V; high voltage, 440-1000 V; high-tension voltage, >1000 V), type of current (alternating current [AC] or direct current [DC]), path of current (hand-to-hand, hand-to-foot, foot-to-foot), length of contact (tetany, locked-on phenomenon), and the events associated with the injury (fall, burns, water contact).
Power companies are heavily regulated by local, state and federal governments. Regulations include the necessity of establishing sufficient clearance of an electrical line above the road, sufficient clearance of an electric line above the ground, maintenance of insulation material; specified markings on poles carrying high voltage lines; and, duties to raise a line once the power company knows or should have known that it was too low.
In order to recover, a person must prove that the power company was negligent. Recovery for personal injuries or death to a family member can be obtained if it is establish that the utility company violated the expected standard of care in its electrical operations. Examples of negligence include: electrical lines that were either installed or maintained without proper insulation, electrical lines without enough clearance from the ground, buildings or combustibles; or, lines that were improperly guarded.
Further, you may be able to establish liability against the power company if you can demonstrate that the power company failed to perform thorough inspections of its lines and failed to keep them safe from natural deterioration, foreseeable uses of the underlying or adjacent property and changed conditions that made the power lines hazardous. The same rules that apply to children apply to adults; however, a power company will have to use extra care if it knows children play in the area of its lines.

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