Florida Electrocution Lawyers
Electrocution is one of the leading causes of occupational injury in the United States. Although some populations are more vulnerable to injury – for example, construction professionals, utility employees, and young workers – an electrocution accident can happen to anyone. Downed power lines, construction defects, negligent supervision during a lightning storm, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to devastating or permanently disabling injury. If you or a loved one sustains damages in an electrocution accident, you may have legal options.
Types of Electrocution Injury
Electrocution occurs when high-current electricity travels through the victim’s body, producing a range of injuries. Some of the most common include:
- Damage to the muscles, tissue, extremities, and nerves. The heat from the electrical current can cause damage to the body’s internal organs as it passes through.
- Burns. Thermal burns are painful conditions that result from contact with electrical current. They can be internal or on the surface and require a long healing process.
- Cardiac arrest. Hearts work on their own complex electrical systems. When an external electrical force disturbs this system, it can result in heart attack.
Each electrocution injury is unique and depends on several circumstances, including the voltage of the current and path it takes through your body. In addition to the injuries above, people who have experienced electrocution may have any of the following symptoms:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling
- Vision problems
- Difficulty swallowing
- Brain injury
Depending on the nature of the injury, these symptoms can be temporary or permanent.
Determining Liability in an Electrocution
Victims of electrocution often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one is struggling following an accident, you’re likely wondering about your legal options. Holding the negligent party responsible will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. However, some of the most common claims arising from negligence include:
- Contact with exposed wiring
- Malfunctioning utility equipment
- Electricity arcing from overloaded lines
Electrocution injuries become a matter of personal injury law when they occur as the result of negligence. The laws surrounding liability are complex and require the guidance of a personal injury attorney.
Your Next Steps
Electrocution victims often require medical care and rehabilitation for their injuries. Without a personal injury claim, you may be relying on your own medical insurance, which can leave you with significant bills and will not pay for lost earnings. A personal injury lawsuit can help you compensate for the costs of your injury, whether it’s medical bills and lost wages or intangible losses such as pain and suffering.
Don’t pay the price for someone else’s negligence. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL. Take advantage of our knowledge, experience, and track record of proven results. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation and get back on the road to recovery.