Electric shocks and electrocutions are serious injuries involving electric currents. Electrical injuries can cause permanent impairments and disabilities for those who survive.
The St. Petersburg electrocution accident lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers have over forty years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. Since 1955, our law firm has fought for the rights of individuals and their families to receive fair compensation for accidents and injuries. Today, we continue our longstanding tradition of helping injured victims seek justice from the parties who caused them harm.
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How Our St. Petersburg Electrocution Lawyers Can Help You With Your Claim
Managing the issues and consequences of an electrical injury can be overwhelming. However, you should not have to worry about legal matters and injury claims. Our legal team at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers, handles all aspects of your case as we seek to recover maximum compensation for your damages and injuries.
Our well-respected, established law firm is known for providing clients with exceptional legal services. Our St. Petersburg electrocution lawyers and staff members diligently work on your case until we exhaust every possible avenue to get you the money you deserve.
When you hire our law firm to handle your case, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury or the wrongful death of a loved one
- Identify all parties who contributed to the cause of an electrical accident
- Search for evidence proving fault, causation, and liability
- Document your damages to calculate the value of your injury claim
- Work with leading experts in the industry to provide additional evidence and expert opinions
- Argue for the maximum compensation during settlement negotiations and in court
We encourage you to contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our St. Petersburg workers’ compensation attorneys. We represent clients throughout St. Petersburg, Florida, and Pinellas County.
Electrocution and Electric Shock Injuries in the United States
Electrical accidents account for 1,000 deaths each year in the United States. In addition, they account for about 5% of the hospital visits and admissions related to burns.
Electrical injuries tend to happen at work, but can occur at home, on vacation, while shopping, or at a playground. Children make up about 20% of electrical injuries each year. Electrocutions are a leading cause of workplace fatalities.
Electrocution vs. Electric Shock Injuries
When your body comes into contact with an electrical current, it can cause severe injuries to your internal organs. It can also cause burns and damage to your skin.
As the electrical current passes through your body, it can cause injury in four ways:
- Thermal burns from contact with the electrical source
- Cardiac arrest from the effect of the electrical current on the heart
- Nerve, tissue, and muscle damage as the electrical current passes through the body
- Slips and falls after coming into contact with electricity
Electrocution is death caused by an electrical current passing through your body. The electrical current causes paralysis of the heart and respiratory system. Cardiac failure is the common result of electrocution.
Electric shock can cause a wide variety of injuries including, but not limited to:
- Severe burns
- Memory loss
- Heart muscle damage
- Loss of kidney function
- Hearing loss
- Respiratory failure
- Spinal injury
- Brain damage
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones from falling
Even though electric shock is less likely to result in death, a person may develop long-term impairments. In addition, there could be consequences that are not known for years after an electric shock.
Common Causes of Electrical Accidents and Electrocutions
Workplace accidents are common causes of electrocutions. Overhead power lines are another common cause of electrocutions. However, electrical injuries occur anywhere electrical currents are present.
Common causes of electrocutions and electric shock injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Machinery and exposure to high-voltage on construction sites
- Electrical weapons, including a Taser
- Electric arcs and flashing from high-voltage power lines
- Accidental contact with power cords, electric outlets, and exposed parts of wiring or electrical appliances
- Children putting objects in electrical outlets or chewing and biting on electric cords
- Defective appliances, toys, electronics, and equipment
- Using electrical devices near water
- Faulty wiring repairs and installation in homes and businesses
Electrical injuries and electrocutions may arise from workplace accidents, product liability, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, car accidents, or other incidents. A property owner, manufacturer, contractor, business owner, or another party could be liable because of negligence.
Compensation for Damages Caused by Electrocutions and Electrical Shocks?
If you or a family member sustained an electrical injury or died because of electrocution, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. A personal injury settlement may include reimbursement of economic damages such as:
- Medical bills
- In-home healthcare
- Assistance with personal care
- Domestic services
- Travel expenses
- Lost wages, benefits, and other income
In addition, you may be entitled to compensation for emotional trauma, permanent impairments, disfigurement, and other non-economic damages. Our lawyers are ready to work with you to get you the money you deserve from the negligent party who caused your injury.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our St. Petersburg Electrocution Lawyers
Learn more about what our legal team can do to maximize your compensation for an injury claim while making the process easier for you. Call now to consult with a personal injury lawyer in St. Pete during a free case evaluation.