Electrical injuries can range the gamut from a small burn on the hands or the limbs to death by electrocution. Some of the considerations in electrical injuries include whether the power line was low-voltage or high-voltage, whether the current was alternating (AC) or direct (DC), whether it caused the heart to stop, and the types of injuries it produced. Some people who have come into contact with an electrical power source do not show serious outward signs of injury, but their internal organs have been fried and damaged. Other people lose arms and legs as the electrical current passes through the body and uses the limbs as exit points.
DOWNED ELECTRICAL LINES
One of the most dangerous types of electrocution accidents involve downed power lines in residential communities. Whether the department of Water and Power, Edison or any other power providers, it is important that if you see a downed power line, that you immediately call authorities. Do not go near the power line or touch the power line.
INVESTIGATING POWER LINE ACCIDENTS
For more than 35+ years, the lawyer at The Torkzadeh Law Firm have been involved in the investigation and representation of victims and families of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. If you or a loved one have been involved in a power line electrocution accident call now for a free legal consultation (888) 845-9696.
Over twenty percent of electrical injuries and electrocutions occur in the workplace. When a person has been injured by electricity or electrocuted while working, his or her only remedy may be to seek worker’s compensation benefits. However, in a number of cases—especially those involving electrical products that are defective—the injured person or the survivors of a worker who was electrocuted can sue the product manufacturer, distributor, and retailer for all of the injuries resulting from its defective product.
Electric current can cause injury in three main ways:
Cardiac arrest due to the electricity’s effect on the heart;
Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction from an electrical current passing through the body; and
Thermal burns from contact with the electrical source.
Severe injury from electricity and thermal burns can result in the victim needing to undergo multiple surgeries to repair the damage done. In many cases, amputation of a limb may be necessary. Severe electrical injuries are catastrophic injuries that require the best medical care possible, usually at a dedicated burn unit.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an electrical accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to.