Electric shock occurs when a large quantity of electrical current passes through a person’s body. Depending on a number of factors, including the current, the voltage, the point of entry into the body, and the duration of the incident, electrical shock can cause minor-to-significant injuries and death. When an electrical injury is fatal, it is known as electrocution.
Electric shock and electrocution typically occur when a person comes into contact with an energized wire, also called a live wire. However, this type of situation can also arise when a person gets too closely to an object with high voltage. A person may not have to touch the object for the electrical shock to pass from the object to his or her body.
If you were injured due to an electric shock or you lost a loved to electrocution, and you believe another person’s negligence was a cause of the accident, do not hesitate to reach out to a San Francisco electrocution accident lawyer at Willoughby Brod, LLP. We are here to find out what happened and why. If another party is responsible, we will gather evidence on your behalf and guide you through the personal injury or wrongful death claim process.Common Causes of Electric Shock Injuries and Electrocution
Electric shock may occur because of:
- Defective products
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Negligent maintenance of equipment
- Utility company negligence
If you were injured in an electric shock accident or you lost a spouse, parent, or child to accidental electrocution, you should speak with a lawyer about investigating the circumstances. If you or your loved one were exposed to faulty electrical wiring at home, work, or in a store, then your legal team will determine who is responsible for the improperly wired structure or exposed live wires. The property owners may be liable based on the law of premises liability. Also, the electrical company who had previously worked on the system or was currently working on it may be responsible.
If you or your relative were injured by a defective product, an attorney will investigate whether the creator, manufacturer, or another party is liable. It may depend on when and how the defect arose.
When you are hurt or your loved one killed by coming into contact with an electricity provider’s wires or equipment, then your electrocution accident attorney from San Francisco will determine whether the utility company is at fault.Electric Shock Injuries
Electric shock can have numerous effects on the body. A person may suffer burns where the electricity enters the body. It only takes a few seconds of contact for a person to suffer high-degree, deep burns.
Electric shock throughout a body can cause neuropathy, which is nerve damage. Depending on the point of entry of the electricity into the body and the path the electricity took through the body, different nerves may be affected, including those involved in vital organs. A shock can impact the lungs, leading the person to have difficulty breathing. Victims may experience peripheral neuropathy, affecting the peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, which can cause weakness, numbness, a burning sensation, or other pain.
Serious electric shock can also lead to brain damage, internal organ damage, seizures, and damaged vision. Many victims will experience a loss of consciousness. If you were injured in an electric shock accident and you believe someone else’s carelessness is responsible, contact an electrocution accident lawyer in San Francisco today. You deserve to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights and options.Fatal Electrocution
The likelihood of death from electric shock depend on a number of factors, including the current, the voltage, path the electricity takes the body, and whether the electricity affects one or more vital organs. Relatively low currents can lead to fibrillation in the heart, rapid and irregular beating, or a heart attack, a blockage in the blood flow to the heart. If the injured individual receives help quickly, this may be corrected with a defibrillator or other medical treatments. If not, fibrillation or cardiac arrest can lead to death. Higher currents also can be fatal if they reach the brain, causing permanent cellular damage.
If you recently lost a loved one to accidental electrocution, consider speaking with a lawyer. If there is any evidence that the charged wire or object that led to your relative’s death was the result of another person’s negligence, then you may have a wrongful death claim. Our San Francisco electrocution accident attorneys are here to find out what happened and whether you have a valid legal claim.Let Willoughby Brod, LLP Help You
Whether you are suffering from electric shock injuries or your loved one died due to electrocution, our experienced legal team at Willoughby Brod, LLP is here to help. Let us investigate the situation to determine whether negligence is at play, and if so, who is liable for compensating you for your injuries.
Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.