Electrocution and Product Liability Claims

Have you recently used phone charger, a hair dryer, or a pair of headphones? Products like these play an everyday role in our lives, even if they might be so ubiquitous that we barely think twice before plugging in our hairdryers or charging our phone. But when products like these have flaws or dangers, simply plugging in an everyday device can lead to serious injuries or even fatal electrocution.

Electrocution Risks

Electrocution occurs when a death or serious injury results from contact with electric currents. It frequently occurs through accidents, like someone dropping a plugged-in hairdryer into their bathtub. Injuries are also common in occupational setting. In 2016, 8.3% of all 4,693 on-the-job fatalities were the result of electrocution, making it one of the “fatal four” occupational hazards. Along with workers in certain industries, babies and young children are also common victims of electrocution. This is because they are more likely to improperly use dangerous products around the house, like wall outlets.

Electrocution Injuries

In many cases, electrocution is immediately fatal. It can also lead to serious injuries like:

  • Burns
  • Muscle pain and muscle contractions
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

The severity of the injuries usually depends on the source of the electrocution. For example, a small spark might only cause a minor burn, while contact with a faulty powerline would likely lead to fatal injuries.

Electrocution from Defective Products

Though most cases of electrocution occur in household or occupational accidents, another cause is dangerous and defective products. There are many product defects that could potentially lead to electrocution, including:

  • Loose, inadequate, or otherwise faulty wiring
  • Faulty on/off switches
  • Lack of protection against electrical currents
  • Inadequate safety instructions

One recent example of a product-related fatality happened a few weeks ago in Malaysia.  A 16-year-old boy, who had been listening to music through headphones plugged into his phone, died from electrocution injuries. This is a tragic case of how even a simple, everyday product can turn deadly due to an electrocution hazard.

Making A Claim

When someone is electrocuted by a product, they have may a product liability case. If they can prove that the product caused the injury and that the product was being used as intended, they might be able to hold the company or manufacturer responsible. For example, if someone gets electrocuted by their phone, they might have a claim. On the other hand, if someone was electrocuted after using their hair dryer in the bathtub, they would likely not have a claim, as their own behavior is a factor.

Product defect cases can be difficult and complex, especially when serious injuries or fatalities are involved. This is why it’s important to speak with an experienced product liability attorney about your case!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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