Electrocution May Be More Common Than You Think: Learn About the Main Causes
An electrocution accident can happen anywhere. It can happen while a person’s at work, it can happen at home, or it can happen while a person is out and about. Most of the time, when an adult is the victim of electrocution it’s caused by a work-related accident. On the other hand, when a child is injured in the same type of accident, it usually happens at home.
In almost all cases, electrocution accidents are preventable. They are often the result of another person acting recklessly or negligently. If you or a loved one was injured in any type of electrocution accident, and another person was entirely or partially at fault, then it’s time to reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free case evaluation.
Common causes of at-home electrocution accidents
Some of the most common causes of electrocution accidents in a home including defective household appliances and improper wiring. They generally will just cause electric shock, but electrocution can occur as well. If a wire isn’t insulated well, or is it exposed, it can be very dangerous. This is especially true for children, who can withstand a lot less voltage before a shock turns into a fatal accident. Appliances in the home, both big and small, can result in electric shock and electrocution – in fact, companies recall household appliances each year for this reason.
An electrocution on someone else’s property may result in a premises liability lawsuit
When a person is electrocuted on property that belongs to someone else, then a premises liability lawsuit may be relevant. Essentially, an owner of a property is legally responsible to keep their property safe for legal guests. If they don’t, then they could be held responsible for any and all injuries or deaths. If this describes your case, please reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free case evaluation.
Product liability can also be responsible
If a person is electrocuted because of a product that’s defective, then the manufacturer and / or designer of said product may be held responsible for injuries. This covers products that are defective in the way they’re designed, the way they’re manufactured, or the way they’re marketed.
Injuries caused by electrocution and the potential for compensation
Some electrocution injuries are minor and some are extremely serious – it all depends on how much voltage, what the current was, the specific pathway, how long the victim was in contact with the issue, and the type of circuit. Injuries can range from heart attacks to seizures to burnt skin.
No matter how minor or major the injuries were, if you or a loved one were injured by an electrocution accident, and that accident was partially or completely the fault of someone else, then you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The easiest way to find out for sure is to call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We are here to go over your case and let you know what your best options are to move forward.