California Electrocution Injury Attorneys
Coming into contact with an electrical current can be deadly to the human body. A shock can cause serious injuries – from burns to heart problems – and could even prove fatal. If you or a loved one have been harmed by an electric shock, it is time to contact the California electrocution injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase.
The world relies on electricity. Every home and workplace is filled with appliances and electrical sockets. In most cases, these are perfectly safe. But accidents and malfunctions can happen, and there are plenty of examples of safety negligence resulting in severe electrocution injuries. This is where a skilled and experienced electric shock injury lawyer comes in.
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At Bisnar Chase we have a 96% success rate and have collected more than $500 million for our clients.
If you have been hurt by an electric shock due to the fault of another person or company, you deserve to be compensated. Trust our California personal injury lawyers to fight for you.
What is Electrocution?
Electrocution refers to a person coming into contact with an electric current. An accident will involve the electric current passing through the body of the victim and causing shock injuries.
Electrocution vs Electric Shock – Is there a difference?
Technically, electrocution refers specifically to a fatal shock which results in the death of the victim. The word originates from a combination of ‘electricity’ and ‘execution’. However, informal use of the word is now used to describe a shock which results in death or injury.
Electric shock is a wider term which can mean a minor or serious incident. It will still involve an electric charge coming into contact with the body, but may not lead to injury.
Common Causes of Electric Shock Lawsuits
There are several common causes of electrocution accidents in California which can leave people with severe injuries. These include:
- Contact with frayed or damaged power cords, extension leads, and chargers
- Faulty electrical items and appliances
- Overuse or misuse of extension cords
- Damaged power lines
- Old or poorly maintained wiring within a home or workplace
- Live wires at construction sites and renovation projects
- Exposed electricals near water
When you come into contact with an electrical current through any of these sources, you could receive a significant shock resulting in serious injuries.
If you believe you have an electrocution injury legal claim, contact our personal injury attorneys for expert help and guidance in navigating the California courts and laws.
Electrocution Injuries and Effects
There are several factors which can impact how severe an electrocution injury is. These include:
- The type and strength of the electric current
- The length of time a person comes into contact with a high voltage current
- The person’s health before the incident
The type of injuries that can be caused by an electrocution accident include:
- Muscle spasming
- Heart problems including cardiac arrest
- Loss of consciousness or coma
- Headaches and loss of hearing or vision
- Loss of feeling in extremities
These common electric shock injuries show just how dangerous an accident can be. The most serious injuries are considered to be cardiac issues and burns. In many cases, electrocution burn injuries may appear superficial, but could have had a devastating impact internally.
If you have suffered an injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, before turning to an electrocution injury attorney for legal help.
Electrocution Injury Statistics
Most people think that they will never be injured by a serious electric shock. But even if you know the risks and take all reasonable precautions, faulty wiring or equipment could leave you with an injury.
The following electrocution accident statistics show how dangerous an electric shock can be to victims:
- There are more than 1,000 electrocution deaths every year, including 400+ high-voltage shock deaths
- At least 30,000 electric shock accidents leave victims with non-fatal but serious injuries each year
- Such incidents account for about 5% of all hospital burn unit admissions
- Many electric shock accidents happen in the workplace. They are the fourth largest cause of traumatic deaths in the workplace
- A huge 80% of injuries occur to adults, with children accounting for 20% of electrical injuries
These statistics show that electric shock injuries are not restricted to careless people sticking silverware into the toaster. It is a serious issue, often arising from negligent acts in electrical safety, manufacturing, and maintenance.
What to Do If You Are Electrocuted
If you have suffered an electric shock and believe you have a legal claim, take the following steps:
- Call 911.Make sure you receive medical treatment if needed. Medical reports can be requested and later used as evidence.
- Document the accident.Take pictures of the unsafe scene, as well as any visible injuries.
- Stay away from the source of the shock.Steer clear if possible, and use non-conductive materials if you need to get close to the shock source.
- Speak to witnesses.Get signed witness accounts of the accident, as well as their contact details so you can reach out to them again if needed.
- Write your own account.Write down a detailed description of the incident from your own point of view while the details are still fresh in your mind.
- Contact Bisnar Chase.Approach an experienced electrocution injury attorney in California for expert advice on how to proceed.
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Who is Liable for An Electrocution Injury Claim?
It is important to work with your electrocution lawyer to determine who was responsible for an electric shock injury. Liability will depend on when and where the accident happened.
There are several areas of California law which can be used to sue a negligent party after an electrocution accident.
- Premises Liability
If the owner or manager of a property either knew about an electrical problem and failed to fix it, or should have known about the problem, they could be liable for an injury or incident . For instance, if a building owner knew that their wiring was unsafe but failed to act, they could be sued in an electrocution lawsuit.
- Lack of Training
Employers have a responsibility to train workers in electrical safety, as well as how to properly use potentially dangerous electric equipment. If proper training is not conducted or enforced, the employer could be held responsible for a resulting accident.
- Negligent Supervision
Negligent supervision is most often applied to cases in which children suffer electric shock injuries. For instance, daycare workers must watch youngsters to make sure they are not exposed to dangerous electrical settings. Fault could also apply if a child was allowed to swim in an outdoor pool during a lightning strike while under another person’s care.
- Vicarious Liability
If an employee acts in a careless or negligent way, they may be held liable. However, vicarious fault could also put some level of responsibility on their employer, who is accountable for their workplace actions.
- Product Liability
Anyone involved in the manufacturing or production of a product is responsible for taking all reasonable care to ensure its safety. If someone is shocked or suffers an electrocution injury from a defective or malfunctioning product , a lawsuit could follow.
Finding the Best Electrocution Injury Attorney Near Me
At Bisnar Chase we pride ourselves on offering top-quality representation to electric shock injury victims.
An electrocution injury lawsuit can have a number of benefits. First and foremost, it can hold the culprit accountable for their negligent actions. We believe that this is important. No one should have their lives put at risk due to carelessness or negligence.
An electric shock lawsuit may also lead to safety improvements. This can stop other people suffering from the same dangers.
In addition, an injury claim in California can result in compensation being paid to the victim. Our electric shock injury lawyers are experts when it comes to negotiating settlements with defense teams and insurance firms. But they are also skilled trial lawyers who will not hesitate to take a case before a jury if needed.
Our electrocution injury lawyers are based in Orange County and have secured spectacular results for clients across Southern California. The areas we serve include:
- Newport Beach
- Santa Ana
- Huntington Beach
- Los Angeles
You can trust our California electrocution injury attorneys to fight for you and secure the maximum compensation possible.
Electrocution Injury Damages and Compensation
The amount of compensation a victim will receive in a personal injury case will depend on a wide range of variables.
These are some of the factors which can affect the amount of compensation a victim receives:
- The severity of their injury
- Any long-term effects caused by the electric shock
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to work in a chosen career/loss of earning potential
- The level of negligence associated with the electric shock accident
- Medical bills and care costs
- In the case of wrongful death – funeral/burial costs, loss of life and companionship
An experienced California electrocution injury attorney will be able to work with you to evaluate the potential value of your claim.
Trust Bisnar Chase with your Electrocution Case
Electrocution is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Whether you have suffered an injury in an electric shock accident at work, or been hurt by a defective electrical product, we can help you with your case.
Bisnar Chase takes pride in helping victims and family members secure the maximum compensation possible from electric shock injury claims. Our skilled electrocution attorneys have built up a 96% success rate. They have also collected more than $500 million for our clients over the last 40 years.
Our law firm is also proud to offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee. This allows us to advance all costs for our clients. We only get paid if we win your case.