Atlanta 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
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.