Electrocution Accidents

Electrocution Accidents

Electrocution Accidents Attorney for Fort Lauderdale, FL

As you know, electricity is indispensable in today’s world, but it can be extremely dangerous without taking the proper precautions. Electrocution is defined as death caused by electric shock, but the term is frequently used to describe as fatal injuries too. These type of accidents have devastating results for the victim and their families. Injuries from electric shock, if not deadly, can cause chronic pain, organ damage, and can make it impossible for the victim to earn a living or live life as they once enjoyed.

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Electrocution accidents can occur at home, on the job site, or virtually anywhere that someone comes into contact with electricity, including a downed power line. Per OSHA, approximately 411 electrocution accidents happen every year.  Furthermore, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health lists electrocution as a leading cause of on-the-job fatalities while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates 9% of the nearly 1,250 construction site deaths were due to electrocution. Unsafe working environments, poor installation of electrical devices, and unsafe equipment and work practices are often the cause of such accidents, and most if not all are preventable.

However, electrocution accidents can happen from many reasons, including: negligent power or electric company, negligent property owner, defective consumer products, negligent/unlicensed electrician or contractor, faulty circuit breakers and defective outlets, damaged electrical wiring, improper grounding or electrical equipment, arc flash and arc blast, fire explosions, or failure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines/instructions.

The seriousness of the injury depends on the factors involved, including, but not limited to, how long the victim was exposed to the electric current, how much current, the voltage, the path the current takes through the victim’s body, whether the current passes through the victim’s heart or brain, moisture present in the immediate environment and the overall health of the victim. If the victim survives the accident, they may be left with debilitating injuries, such as:

  • Burns (skin and internal)
  • Brain damage (TBI)
  • Organ tissue damage – including heart
  • Sensory deficits (vision, hearing, feeling, etc)
  • Speaking deficits
  • Nerve damage
  • Neurological deficits
  • Psychological damage
  • Bone fractures, disfigurement
  • Erectile dysfunction

If you or someone you love has suffered an electrocution accident due to the negligence of another, contact our office immediately. We are here to help you. We will obtain and safeguard vital documents and evidence against the person, company or entity that was negligent and responsible for the accident. We will fight for your rights and get you the money you deserve.