Georgia Electrical Injuries Attorney
Electrocution and electric shock might not loom large in public consciousness as a major cause of serious injury and death, but statistics indicate that these events should be a more frequent topic of discussion among safety advocates. Every year, there are approximately 70 electrocution fatalities related to consumer products. Power tools and appliances account for a large portion of product-related injuries.
Electrocution is also a serious concern in the workplace, particularly among certain types of workers. It is most common among construction and extraction workers and workers in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations. Electrical injuries tend to be strongly linked to certain types of electrical equipment, one of the most common being multimeters, which are used to test electrical currents.
While electrical injuries are not as common as other types of injuries, they are often more debilitating and deadly. Burns resulting from electricity can have a catastrophic impact. When these injuries are someone else’s fault, the victim has the right to pursue a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the damages suffered.
At the Stoddard Firm, we are committed to providing clients with electrical injuries the highest level of dedicated legal representation to ensure full compensation. It is our experience that electrical injuries are typically preventable, and we well equipped to investigate these incidents and determine who was at fault.
Arc Flash Injuries and Multimeters/Voltmeters
An arc flash (sometimes called an arc blast) occurs when electrical current deviates from its intended path, travelling to another conductor and, in many cases, creating an extremely dangerous electrical exposure for those in close proximity. The consequences of these “flashovers” can be severe, and even deadly, for workers and other people near the electrical current.
Multimeters and voltmeters are commonly associated with these violent bursts of heat and light. One study of electrical burn injuries involving multimeters found that nearly one-fifth of these injuries were caused by defective equipment. When an injury is caused by faulty equipment, it is often due to the product’s design and, thus, the product’s manufacturer can be held responsible.
These claims enable people to reclaim the extraordinary losses they have likely suffered from an electrical injury. Damages experienced in these types of incidents can include large medical bills, ongoing treatment, extensive scarring, reduced range of motion, joint pain, lost income, and lost work capacity.
Understanding Electrical Injuries
Even low levels of electricity can have devastating effects on the human anatomy. Electrical injuries typically involve burns – which are both painful and costly to treat. They can also cause damage to internal organs, injuries that are notoriously difficult to detect and incredibly debilitating. These injuries are also preventable and occur when there are breakdowns of safeguards and safety standards.
Manufacturers of electrical equipment, particularly those that are used to test currents, should put their products through rigorous testing before selling them. Manufacturers also have a responsibility to provide thorough instructions on how equipment should be used and issue recalls if their products are in any way faulty.
The Stoddard Firm Can Help
Our attorneys have years of experience helping electrical injury victims. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, we understand the challenges you are facing. It is our job to investigate your case, find out who was at fault, and determine how much you should seek in compensation.
We maintain a low caseload at the Stoddard Firm so we can dedicate our full resources to our clients. We also offer consultations to give people an idea of what they might be facing when filing a claim. Not all firms are capable of devoting the time and money necessary to investigate and pursue serious electrical injury cases, but the Stoddard Firm is different. Our practice takes on the most serious of injury cases and often achieves major results.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Even if you are not sure whether you want to pursue a claim, it never hurts to have more information about your case.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
What does negligence mean?
When someone fails to take reasonable care when performing a certain task, they are being negligent. The term might apply to drivers, apartment management companies, doctors, store owners, product manufacturers, or any other party that has a responsibility to behave or conduct themselves in a certain way. When someone is careless or reckless, they could be found negligent if their mistakes injured someone else, caused someone else harm, or caused the death of someone else.
How much is my case worth?
There’s no way for us to know how much your case is worth until we hear the details of your case. Be wary of any lawyer who gives you an amount without first evaluating your case. After evaluating the facts, an attorney should be able to determine how much to seek in damages, i.e., the amount of compensation you are owed for your injuries.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. However, it is our experience that the most successful cases are built as if they are going to court. Our firm prepares every case to go all the way to trial, even if it is ultimately resolved before the trial starts.