Unfortunately, injuries arising from an electrocution accident are often devastating. Exposure to high-voltage electricity can cause serious bodily injury, often resulting in burns, cardiac arrest, central nervous system damage, respiratory arrest, loss of limbs or motor function and death. These kinds of incidents are often the result of the negligence or reckless conduct of others.
Home Related Incidents
The most common electrical exposures in the home occur due to faulty wiring in the construction of homes or electrocutions due to defective products. Builders and sub-contractors may be liable for the improper installation of wiring. Sometimes consumer products, such as hair dryers, space heaters or power tools, can cause electrocution injuries due to a defective design or failure to warn labels. In this latter circumstance, there may be avenues for compensation through product liability claims against the manufacturer.
Power companies have a duty to the public to maintain faulty power lines and to safeguard equipment from easy access to children. It is negligent not to provide adequate locks, warning signs, fencing and building structures to keep people, and particularly children, away from these high-voltage areas. IN addition, power companies must maintain the lines to prevent them from sagging or hanging below a certain height.
Construction and manufacturing related accidents often involve the negligence of builders or electricians to properly train, supervise or implement construction standards or safety measures to prevent work-place accidents. If you are an employee that has been electrocuted and suffered injury, there may be liability on the part of third-party contractors in addition to or in lieu of worker’s compensation benefits.