Almost everyone has experienced an electric shock at some point in their lives, whether it be simple static electricity or getting a jolt from stick a fork in the microwave . However if you have been injured by electrocution due to another person’s negligence, you may have a personal injury case on your hands.
Electric shock is just like any other injury that can occur to a person and you have the right to pursue compensatory damages for your injuries. The severity of injuries caused by electric shock can vary greatly. Death caused by electric shock is known as electrocution.
When Can I Sue for Electrocution or Electric Shock Injuries
Electric shock injuries and electrocution are typically caused when business owners and landlords neglect to fix electrical problems within their buildings. Faulty wiring, overloaded sockets, water penetration and poorly maintained electrical equipment can all lead to serious, actionable injury.
The majority of electric shock injuries happen in the workplace, where it is an employers duty to keep their staff safe. All electrical equipment that is used in the manufacture or production of goods and services must be properly maintained and repaired. Additionally, employes must be educated about equipment safety and provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Construction workers face the risk of shock when drilling into walls or digging underground if they hit hidden cables
Electric Shock Injuries
Depending on the voltage of the electricity electric shock injuries can vary greatly in severity. Electric shock wounds are typically characterized by burns at the point of electric shock and throughout the body. Electric shock can also cause painful muscle spasm that prevent the person being shocked from releasing the object shocking them. These muscle spasms can even be so strong as to break bones and dislocate joints.
If you have been severely shocked at work or within your rental property it is imperative that you leave the property immediately and seek medical attention.
This is not only for your well-being but also so you can collect a professional medical opinion about your injuries immediately after they occur.
If you or someone you know has been injured by electric shock, then they will require the services of an personal injury attorney with experience in electrocution. There are strict timelines in place to make any compensation claim including claims relating to electric shocks or electrocution. Give us a call today for a consultation.