Atlanta Electrical Injuries Attorney
If you are burned from an electrical hazard or an appliance that catches fire, your next phone call should be to an electrical injuries attorney. Poor electrical wiring and poorly manufactured products can lead to electrical burns or fires, and while property owners are supposed to keep their premises safe, and manufacturers are supposed to guarantee the safety of their products, these things don’t always happen. Hospitalization, doctor visits and, in the worst cases, skin grafts to treat burns can be very expensive and painful. You should not be burdened with these expenses if the injury was someone else’s fault.
The legal system provides a remedy. You can file a premises liability claim or a product liability claim asking for financial compensation for the electrical injuries you have suffered.
ATLANTA ELECTRICAL INJURIES LAWYER
Electrocution, electric shock, and electrical fires might not loom large in public consciousness as a major cause of serious injury and death, but statistics indicate that these events are of great concern to safety advocates. Every year, there are thousands of electrical injuries nationwide caused by consumer products. Faulty wiring, defective power tools, and poorly designed appliances account for a large portion of premises-related and product-related injuries.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS PERSONAL INJURY
Electrocution and electrical fires are 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 voltages and currents. Not surprisingly, repair technicians, and electrical workers who frequent construction sites and perform annual safety checks in commercial buildings are at an enhanced risk simply because of the hours they spend in direct contact with electrical wires and fixtures.
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. We’ve all seen on the television news about a person being severely injured or killed due to electrical accidents. They can be particularly gruesome injuries and deaths. When these injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, 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 electrical injury clients with the highest level of dedicated legal representation to ensure full compensation. It is our experience that electrical injuries are typically preventable, and we are well-equipped to investigate these incidents and determine who was at fault. Often, the injury should never have occurred in the first place and would not have happened if the premises owner, product manufacturer or other corporate actors practiced the required safety measures and testing.
The STODDARD FIRM IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE
Our electrical injuries attorneys are some of the finest in the legal field, and we have a track record of success in these cases. Our attorneys have strong legal educations and years of experience in addition to being members of bar associations. We know how to get things done and represent our clients aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome. Feel free to take a look at our attorney bios and review the successful financial settlements and jury awards listed on our website.
ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU
Filing a claim costs you nothing up front. Our attorneys work on contingency, which means they don’t get paid until you get paid. Attorney’s fees are paid by the defendant as part of a settlement agreement or jury award. If for some reason your case is not successful, then you owe us nothing. This means there is little or no financial risk to you when deciding whether to file a lawsuit. There are no out-of-pocket costs for clients, which means that financial concerns should never be a reason to hesitate in securing the compensation you deserve. If you are ready to file your claim or just want to talk about it so you can make a decision, call us at 678-737-8587. We are ready to take action and get you the financial compensation that you are due by law.
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. They happen very quickly and offer little opportunity for workers to get out of the way or protect themselves. That’s often why the injuries are so significant.
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. To complicate matters, in some cases manufacturers know their product is defective and they have chosen to hide this fact rather than issue a recall or stop manufacturing the product altogether.
These cases enable people to reclaim the extraordinary losses they have suffered from an electrical injury. Damages can be sought to compensate for large medical bills, ongoing treatment, the pain and suffering of extensive scarring, reduced range of motion, joint pain, lost income, and lost work capacity. Punitive damages can also be awarded in some cases where it can be proved that the manufacturer has a track record of faulty consumer products that cause electrical injuries yet has done nothing to remove these products from the market. Courts can award punitive damages to send a message to negligent manufacturers and to prevent future injuries.
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. Further, low level electrical charges sometimes shock workers just enough to make them lose balance and fall from devastating heights. These sorts of injuries are often preventable and occur when there are breakdowns in electrical safeguards and electrical 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 and specific instructions on how equipment should be used and issue recalls if their products are in any way faulty. Manufacturers bear the responsibility of creating safe products and putting consumer safety above company profits. This does not always happen, though, and that’s when an electrical injuries attorney can help if you’ve been burned or otherwise injured.
THE PROCESS AFTER YOU HIRE AN ELECTRICAL INJURY LAWYER
After hiring an attorney, he will meet with you to listen to your version of events, ask questions about your injury, gather evidence, review medical files, examine police reports (if any), do a legal review to determine whether others have been injured by similar consumer products, and then write and file your claim. We also have the resources to hire expert witnesses, if needed. We will leave no stone unturned when building a strong legal claim on your behalf, and we always approach these cases with a zest for winning.
We will be available to answer your questions any time, return your phone calls promptly, and keep you abreast of the legal proceedings all along the way. If the defendant offers to settle, we will negotiate hard for the best possible financial settlement. If the defendant stubbornly refuses to accept responsibility, then we will aggressively enter the courtroom and initiate a jury trial. We are not afraid to litigate on our client’s behalf.
Testifying in court
Calling the shots in these cases is always up to you, and we are happy to take these cases to trial. At trial, we find that the injured party is often the most effective witness in their own case because they are able to provide a first-hand personal account of the pain and suffering caused by the injury. This often has an emotional impact on a jury. Most cases are settled and never reach a courtroom, though, so testifying is not something you need to think deeply about at this. If your case does go to trial, your electrical injury lawyer will guide you every step of the way. You can rely on their years of legal experience and skill.
DEATH DUE TO ELECTRICAL INJURY
In the tragic event when a family member has been killed in an electrical accident, a claim can be filed by a surviving spouse, grown children or other family members. A person’s death due to fire or burns is a terribly painful event for the loved ones left behind. They often envision the pain experienced by the deceased and have nightmares about it. They also suffer financially because of medical bills and lost income, especially if the person who died was the main breadwinner in a household.
In families with small children, the death of a father or mother due to an electrical injury has lifelong consequences. Children are forced to grow up without a parent and experience the long-term grief caused by such a significant loss. Life will never be the same for these children.
Such hardships should never have happened in the first place if the electrical fire or burns were caused by faulty equipment or hazardous appliances due to the negligence of the manufacturer, workplace supervisor or retail environment. Often, multiple entities can be held liable in these types of cases. Consult an electrical injury attorney to find out more about who may be legally liable for the electrical injury that killed your loved one. Call The Stoddard Firm at 678-737-8587 for a compassionate and informative initial conversation.
WHAT TO DO IF CONTACTED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER OR MANUFACTURER
It is always best for your attorney to speak on your behalf if you have sustained an electrical injury and have filed a claim. Never speak to anyone from the property ownership or product manufacturer, and do not answer any letters you may receive from them until you have an attorney advising you on the best course of action. If you receive a phone call, refer them to your lawyer and hang up.
Property owners in premises liability cases and manufacturers in product liability cases both have a vested interest in finding holes in your account of events and the resulting injuries, because they want to limit their own financial liability. Their lawyers and insurance companies do, too. If you speak to them, they may try to twist your words and use them against you in court. That’s why it’s so important not to communicate with them and to handle all contact through your attorney. This also points out why it is best to hire an Atlanta electrical injuries attorney sooner rather than later, preferably immediately after the injury takes place. Your family members, also, should be cautioned against speaking to the property owner, product manufacturer, or defense attorneys.
It is unfortunate that things are this way and that the defendants in these cases try so hard to avoid their liability. But it’s the way things are. Better to be cautioned up front than to damage your own claim due to something you say or write.
Above all, never sign anything sent directly to you by the property owner, manufacturer, or their attorneys, even if this includes an offer of financial compensation. Sometimes defendants try to get you to settle for less than you could receive through a successful legal claim. Once you sign something, it is binding and there may be little your attorney can do after the fact. Just remember, DON’T SIGN ANYTHING.
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 injury cases and often achieves significant positive results. We do not rest until our clients have been fully compensated for the losses they have sustained due to electrical injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
Contact our electrical injury attorneys, 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. Call us at 678-737-8587.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I need the assistance of a lawyer?
The legal system can be difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with its many nuances. If you have been wronged by someone else, your case deserves a detailed analysis by an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate its strengths/weaknesses and advise you on how best to proceed. It’s important to protect your rights and level the playing field, because you can bet that the other side will employ skilled defense attorneys.
How much is my case worth?
Unfortunately, there is no sure way to precisely predict the amount that you will recover. The value of each case revolves around its unique circumstances. Generally, an injured party is entitled to be compensated for all the economic and noneconomic costs incurred as a result of the other party’s actions.
Do I have to go to court?
The best answer to this common question is "maybe." While many personal injury cases are settled outside of a courtroom, it is important to approach each one with the mindset that a trial is inevitable. We feel that being prepared for this possibility increases the likelihood of success -- whether through settlement or trial.
What happens at a consultation?
Attorneys understand that the legal system is confusing and can cause anxiety or stress in people who have already been through a painful event. A consultation allows someone who has been harmed the chance to tell their story to a professional in a safe, confidential way. Lawyers know what questions to ask and what details to uncover in order to decide if there is a legal basis for pursuing the claim. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer free consultations.
How do I pay for a lawyer?
To make legal services accessible, the common practice for many personal injury firms is to handle cases on a contingency basis. That means you pay a percentage of the amount that the lawyer recovers for you, either through settlement or trial. If your claim is not successfully resolved, you don’t pay. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer contingent fee arrangements.