Our Michigan electrocution injury lawyers represent victims of electric shock and electrocution accidents. The injuries suffered in electrical accidents are often devastating and many times cause death to an innocent worker or child.
Many times, the negligence of a utility company or contractor caused the dangerous condition that led to the electrocution. When this happens, the injury victim can file a lawsuit to be compensated for the harm caused by the electrical shock.
What are the Most Common Causes of Electrocution Injuries?
Electrocution injuries can occur anywhere there are electrical outlets or power lines. The most common causes of these accidents are:
- Downed utility company power lines touching fences or on the ground in neighborhood areas
- Direct contact by a worker with an energized power line
- Direct contact by a boomed vehicle with an energized power line
- Electrical equipment that is improperly installed or maintained
- Electrical equipment that is not secured or fenced in from the public
- Faulty wiring by a contractor or repair person
- Defective machinery
- Lightning strikes
- Inproper equipment or the lack of proper safety protection
Who are the Most Common Victims of Electrical Injury Accidents?
Anyone can be the victim of electrocution in their own home, in their yard, or in their workplace. Common victims of these accidents include:
- Utility workers
- Construction workers
- Tree trimmers
- Transportation workers
Many electrocution injuries occur when an innocent person comes into to contact with a downed power line or electrical wire in their neighborhood or even in their own backyard. A person may even step in a puddle of water in the vicinity of a live electrical wire without even coming into direct contact with the wire.
Other times, a unsuspecting victim may touch a fence where a downed electrical wire is resting on top the fence even a good distance away from the victim.
Workers are often the victims of electrical injuries and shocks. Many workers, especially in construction and utility jobs, work near live wires and electrical sources. For example, tree trimmers, sign works, utility workers, and telecommunication employees work near these dangers on a daily basis.
Serious injuries occur then their is direct contact with an electrical source or when a piece of equipment, like a crane or even a tool directly touches a power wire or electrical wire. It only takes an instant for a large amount of electricity to cause serious injury or death.
What Types of Injuries are caused by Electrocution?
Electrical injuries are very serious and can lead to permanent injury and death. The treatment for these injuries is often extensive and requires lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation. Common electrocution injuries include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Nerve damage, including numbness and tingling
- Breathing problems and lung failure
- Problems with hearing and swallowing
- Problems with vision, including blindness
- Damage to internal organs, like the hear, kidneys, and liver
- Permanent brain damage and cognitive impairments
Many times, the harm caused is permanent and irreversible even with prompt treatment and the best possible medical care. The costs associated with treating electrocution injuries is significant.
Can I file a Lawsuit or Sue for an Electrocution Injury Accident?
Yes, in most cases you can file a lawsuit against a company if you suffered an electrocution injury.
To file a lawsuit, it must be proved that the company responsible for the power line or power source was negligent and this was the cause of your electrical injury.
Proving negligence is dependent on the facts of your own case, but it must generally be established that the company had a legal duty to make the area safe and failed in that duty to you. Examples of this type of negligence include:
- The failure of a utility provider to protect overhead power lines from contact
- The failure of a utility company to secure power lines to poles
- The failure of a utility company to secure power lines so they do not touch fences
- The failure of a utility company to immediately secure downed power lines
- The failure of a contractor to protect workers, even those employed by other companies, from electrical hazards
- The failure of a property owner to inspect for electrical dangers and warn visitors of electrical hazards
- The failure of a product maker to protect users from dangerous amounts of electricity
Our attorneys have the legal expertise and knowledge to prove and win your case. We hire the top electrical engineering experts in the nation and other liability experts to prove that negligent conduct was the cause of your injuries.
Many workers mistakenly believe that their only recourse is through a worker's compensation claim. Many times, there may be an additional claim against another contractor that is separate from the workman's compensation claim.
What is the Compensation for an Electrocution Lawsuit?
The compensation in an electrocution injury lawsuit is significant. An injured person is entitled to seek damages that include:
- Pain & suffering
- Fright & emotional shock
- Scars & disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings and earning capacity
In cases involving an electrocution death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek settlements for the pain and suffering of the decedent from the time of injury until death, the loss of society and companionship of the surviving family members, loss of income and support, payment of funeral and burial expenses, and other damages allowed under the wrongful death laws.
We also work with your own doctors and the top medical experts to establish the serious nature of your injuries.
What is the Time Limit for Electrocution Lawsuits?
The statute of limitations for electrocution cases varies from state to state. In most states, it is the same time period used for general negligence cases.
It is important that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim is not destroyed due to a missed deadline.
Who are the Best Michigan Electrocution Injury Attorneys?
Our legal team includes the most successful electrocution lawyers . Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
What are the Attorney's Fees for an Electrical Injury Case?
Our attorneys will represent you in your case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Our Michigan Electrocution Injury Lawyers Today
If you or someone your care about suffered electrocution injuries, you should contact our experienced attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Our law firm will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.
Call us now at (888) 797-8787 for your free, no obligation case review.