Electricity Injuries and Wrongful Death

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Electrocution accidents and the dangers of dying or getting burned from electrocution are very real. This is one of the very worst types of cases a personal injury attorney will deal with. So it goes without saying neglect leading to an electrocution can easily cause a death.

As will be discussed, these negligent people can be sued in civil court for the victim’s personal injury money damages. Hence, sufferers can get help with things like medical treatment, lost work, psychological treatment, and vocational rehabilitation.

Also, electrocution is something every parent with a newborn child needs to worry about. It seems like children and infants can’t help but stick their fingers or tongues into light sockets. Because of their curious nature, they might grab and poke at electrical outlets. So the dangers of suffering an electrical burn or death at home are continuous.

Furthermore, electricity is also dangerous for a grown up. But threats at the home pale in comparison to the high voltage power lines and power sources. So construction workers, vehicle operators broken down in stormy weather, building inspectors, first responders and others who visit job sites get forced to deal with this almost every day. Disfigurement is the least of their worries. Being incinerated alive is a real risk. Lucky is the victim who escapes with just scorched lungs.

OSHA and Cal-OSHA Regulate Electricity Safety

For this reason, regulatory agencies like OSHA and Cal-OSHA have promulgated various rules. So these institutions have regulations for dealing with safety training and observance.  Also, this can include things like mandatory tailgate safety meetings.

Furthermore, training classes and provision of specialized equipment and protective gear gets considered. So landlords who rent out their residential homes have minimum electricity compliance safety standards. Of special interest, this may include rules like covering wall outlets with wall plates.

Shock Risk Increases

The fact is, when electricity comes into play, there is an increased risk of serious injuries. Also, this is true despite all the efforts of the government and caretakers. Hence, getting electrocuted is the #4 leading cause of fatalities for people who work. So this figure includes people like building and construction workers, manual laborers, etc. (See U.S. Board of Labor Statistics (2005).)

Injury Lawyers Educate Kids and Parents on Electrocution Dangers

The legal minds at Ehline Law Firm PC stand on the side of parents, kids, and workers who got electrocuted. Often these injuries were due to lax rules. Often they happen from inattentiveness in keeping those people safe. The psychological effects alone are simply devastating. So our firm thinks that irresponsible people should account under California tort law.

The Jury Returns

Furthermore, we have the resources to aid wounded individuals in getting recompense. Our firm has achieved some of the largest settlements and verdicts for cases in the same class. If we cannot settle, we take the case to the jury. This is a sworn body of people convened to render an impartial verdict. They will decide the facts. These will be officially submitted to them by a court, or to set a penalty or judgment. Hence, we can help victims both in and out of court. During our time in practice, we have built up trust and confidence with the consuming public.

Michael Ehline Was a Licensed Contractor Familiar With Laws

Our attorneys have made a significant positive impact on many families in Greater L.A..  Also, you know we don’t lack aggression or effectiveness. After all, Michael Ehline runs the firm. He is a former United States Marine who passed the bar exam before obtaining a Juris Doctorate. Ehline was a licensed C-47 contractor.  Also, he grew up in the construction business with his father a licensed B-1. So this means that Michael has advanced knowledge of electrical codes. He knows construction regulations on a state and local level.

We Place Ourselves in Your Shoes

We are a highly effective advocate for people just like you for one reason. Our lawyers have been in your shoes! So we are both of the people and for the people.  Also, we speak your language. The difference is, we got trained in the law. Our system of trust building has led to magnificent victories for our victimized clients.

We recovered over $30,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts in 2013 alone! Most of all, we stand up for the little guy every day. So when a small child gets hurt, or an adult gets wronged, Ehline stands at the ready to fight, and we are here 24-7. Thus, every day we are waiting by the phone for your important phone call. Call us right now for a no charge, hassle free phone interview.

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Electrocution Defined:

Deadly electrocution emanates from electric shock exposure to high voltage electricity. Even minimal currents (70 mA –  700 mA) can cause heart problems such as fibrillation. So usually this can only get helped with first aid devices, such as a defibrillator. Greater currents (> 1 A) can cause cellular level destruction, burns, and death.

Wrongful Death Electrocution Lawyers

The stats indicate approximately 400 individuals pass away every year from getting shocked. Hence, our firm knows about these horrible instances first hand. Also, the stats back up our concerns. U.S. statistics from 2001 indicate four hundred and eleven (411) people died from electrocution.

These deaths ranged from many things. First, faulty electrical appliances (19%). Next, defective electrical wiring in homes and structures (11%). Most of all, technical workplace mishaps are also a popular cause of electrocutions. So even if workers lived after a shock, many of them experienced chronic pain for life.

Workplace Issues and Statute Problems

Our commitment is assisting bereaving families left behind. We do this with compassion, understanding, and integrity. Also, you may not know that workplace accidents cause at least twenty percent (20%) of electrocution deaths.

So if you or your loved ones had to deal with a wrongful death electrocution, you should consult a local attorney. It is probably the best choice you could make. You must get legal assistance before the statute of limitations expires. You cannot let unscrupulous employers get away with this behavior.

Anatomy of a Wrongful Death Electrocution

Electrical type injuries happen when an electrocution victim’s body gets integrated into a circuit. The victims get trapped in a localized electrical arc. Consequently, this includes things such as a lightning strike, or arc welder injury. The construction industry is known for unsafe environments like this.

These typically occur when an electrical conductor, or an object that conducts electricity touches high-voltage power lines. But it can also happen when a conductive low-voltage source of energy gets bitten by a baby. So even a DC powercord bite could kill or harm nerve function for life.

Electrical injuries include:

  • High-Voltage Power Lines, 110 Volt Home, and 120 Volt Industrial;
  • Low-Voltage AC Accidents;
  • DC Injuries, like from an electrically charged rail, or trolley car line.

Flash Burns

The electric shock related burn that gets caused by an Arc.  Or flashes burns result during high temperatures near the body. Also, it can get caused by an electrical arc or explosion. Additionally, thermal contact burns happen from contact with hot surfaces of overheated electric conductors. So this can include a conduit or other types of energized equipment. Both of these types of harm can occur in the same incident.

Secondary Injury

Electric shock injuries can be indirect or secondary in nature. So they can be caused by an involuntary muscle reaction due to the electric shock. This type of electric shock and tissue reaction can cause bruising; fractures and broken bones. Also, death can occur or it may contribute to later death.

Electrical Burns:

Electrical burns are due to exposure to high voltage electricity. Typically it results in an injury from the current flowing through the body. This type of electrocution injury leaves a severe exit wound on the body and in some cases can travel through the heart causing it to stop.

The physician can track the path the electricity traveled in the body. Also, this is because typically where the electricity enters will become marked. Hence, this can cause damage to muscles, veins and arteries. Medical treatment is a must.

Taking Safety Precautions Avoids Hazards/Deaths

Taking safety precautions is the most certain way to minimize, or obviate electrical injury. Employers get required by law to take preventative safety measures. Also, failure to do so could lead to a serious and willful civil action lawsuit.

It may have been the negligence of another that caused the fatal loss. Hence, you may become entitled to sue for loss of consortium, as well as loss of the primary source of income. This is what the passed wage earner had once delivered your family. Our experienced law firm will set up a claim and guide your case. We can help people through these emotional and heartbreaking scenarios.

What Do Construction Accident Electrocution Lawyers Say?

The following info is important to know when it comes to understanding your rights regarding electrocution accidents:

At any given time, a worker is repairing a bridge, digging a trench with buried high voltage lines. He could be adjacent or near, or dangling from a helicopter to work on a towering electrical transformer. Hence, he is at risk of serious injury or death.

Also, the threats of dying or disability to these men and women, and their outfits, can not go understated. “These construction zones” are a prime example of a “high risk” area for being shocked. As homes and structures are being thrown up, there are alternative power line services installed. So these are exposed and open wiring harnesses. There are also main power equipment boxes that can be damaged or compromised by construction vehicles and equipment or just inclement weather.

But the government does not maintain accurate info. Also, there are hundreds of laborers and blue-collar folks who had their health negatively impacted. So usually these less severe, yet still awful on the job electrical injuries go unreported. These may include conditions like brain injuries, neuropathy, burned nerve endings, melted skin, foot drop, heart arrhythmia, loss of lung control or breathing abilities, chronic pain, or even inability to feel pain.

Also, the lengthier the circuit running through a body, the more damage and frying there will be to your internal human circuit board, the nervous system. Your loved one could even be in a comatose if the exposure were lengthy.

Taking Short Cuts Kills

Despite all the hoopla and safety controls, many general contractors and subs will take short cuts to save money. So they are putting their workers at risk. Our electrocution construction attorneys know that no amount regulations in the industry can force a profiteer to carry out the order. Immoral and selfish people who hire workers will only say “damn the torpedoes.”  So they will barrel through the various rules to meet the bottom line.

So this means the safety of employees gets ignored. Because of this, they are not instructed properly. Hence, they are left to fend for themselves. Such things like helmets and first aid kits may not even be present in the general vicinity of the work getting performed. Most of all, this type of neglect is part and parcel of what our law firm deals with day in and day out.

Unsafe Workplace Issues

Employers who create unsafe work environments, or who allow their workers to conduct job operations with old, defective, or worn equipment, or worse no safety measures at all, are responsible for multiple killings. They caused these horrible injuries to day workers and unionized employees alike. Electrical injuries do not discriminate. Employees need to be trained in evasion and means of escape when a power line is severed, or fallen. But when this does not happen, the bodies may hit the floor and never get back up.

When this type of tragic event takes place, there may be multiple parties on the risk for the liability insurance claim. So there could be several insurance policies available to pay for the injuries You will need this to cover the suffering of the wage earner, and their grieving families.

Filing the Electrocution Lawsuit

When or if settlement negotiations stall or fail, Ehline attacks. His fame is for filing civil court lawsuits right away, and keeping the defendant’s feet to the fire.  Holding employers accountable also sends a message to big business. They need to “knock it off.” The risks of losing money in lawsuits and bad press outweigh the reward of healthy, safe, workers.

Other Types of Electrocution Victims

As discussed, landlords are liable for code violations or failure to repair and prevent dangerous premises. Victims have legal rights. So we encourage you to speak to a lawyer before discussing your case.

What Does Money Damages For Electrocution Include?

A plaintiff becomes entitled to recovery money for special and general damages. Such things like vocational rehab, speech therapy, psychiatric and nursing care are recoverable. So even a non-fatal electrocution injury entitles a plaintiff to seek money. Usually, there are associated mental and physical agony and lost earnings. So if you are unable to settle, your attorney will file a lawsuit and begin the process of civil litigation.

Crimes and Torts

Also, a prosecutor will sometimes criminally prosecute a reckless landowner. Hence, victims can seek restitution money in criminal court. You can also sue for the burns civilly in a tort case. So lazy business people get held to account for their destructive behavior in the court system.

Overhead Powerlines Can Evaporate You

Even a fallen power line just a few feet away can evaporate you.  But it does not have to make contact with your body. So don’t try and move towards it, or touch it.  Get away, call the emergency services. Also, if you’re hurt, get as far away as possible.

Get a Great Lawyer Now for Your Bad Electrocution Issues

Over time, we have entrenched ourselves as one of the world’s most assertive, bold and effective law firms for personal injury cases. This stellar track record can brag about over $30,000,000 million in verdicts and settlements. We have captured some of largest jury verdicts for the unique facts and circumstances of our cases.

Hence, if you or someone you love has been injured in an electrocution accident in Los Angeles, contact the experienced Ehline Law Firm PC personal injury attorney for a free consultation of your potential new case. Our proven, sterling track record and storied legal battle history, make us stand out from the flock. Call now at (888) 400-9721. Also, we are statewide and ready to pounce on all evil doers!