Electrocution Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

Electricity makes much of modern life possible and is responsible for significantly changing our day-to-day existence in the last century and a half. In fact, reading this webpage right now would be impossible without the science and technology that allowed us to harness electricity and use it to power millions of consumer products and illuminate our cities at night. It has become so ubiquitous that we take it for granted that our homes and offices will have outlets that deliver power to our cell phones, laptops, appliances, and lamps.

As a result, it is easy to forget that electric currents have the potential to cause great harm and even fatal injuries in some cases. When accidents involving electricity are the result of someone else’s negligence, victims may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a Florida personal injury claim against the responsible party. Anyone affected by an electrocution accident or other nonfatal accident involving an electric shock should discuss their situation with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

What is Electrocution?

“Electrocution” refers to an electric shock that causes fatal injuries. Otherwise, a person who has been exposed to an electric current has simply been the victim of an electric shock. In cases where people have been electrocuted in a preventable accident, Florida’s wrongful death statute allows family members or others who were close to the victim to bring a wrongful death claim as a result of the accident. In nonfatal electric shock cases, victims may be able to sue on their own behalf if they are able to establish that the accident was the result of negligence. Some of the more common situations in which electric shock accidents can occur include the following ways:

  • Accidents at construction sites
  • Defective work by an electrician
  • Utility accidents
  • Defective consumer products
  • Public transportation accidents
  • Failure to warn regarding downed wires
  • Workplace accidents
  • Exposed wiring
  • Power tool accidents
  • Industrial accidents

Injuries Caused by Electric Shocks

In nonfatal injuries involving electricity, victims can sustain a variety of injuries. Commonly, people who are exposed to a high voltage electrical current sustain serious and painful burns. In addition, serious electrical shocks can result in serious injuries to muscles, the brain, the nervous system, and even a person’s heart.

In some cases, these injuries can result in long-term medical complications that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and ability to perform basic daily tasks. Fortunately, for victims these and other types of economic and non-economic losses may be compensable in a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the types of damages that are available to personal injury victims under Florida law include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress

Establishing negligence in cases involving electric shocks or electrocution can be legally complicated, so it is important for victims and their families to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

A lawyer will help ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and hold liable those responsible for your losses. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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