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Electricity Injuries and Wrongful Death

Electrical accidents and risk of death 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 a lethal electric shock can easily cause a wrongful death.

Victims can sue negligence people in civil court. The object of the civil claim is money for the victim’s personal injuries. Medical treatment, lost work, psychological treatment, and vocational rehabilitation are expensive losses.

Also, shock 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.

Electricity is as dangerous for a grown up as it is for kids. But threats at the home pale in comparison to the high voltage power lines and power sources. So construction workers, and vehicle operators broken down in stormy weather remain common victims. But building inspectors, first responders and others who visit job sites become faced with the same risks almost every day.

Disfigurement is the least of their worries. The risk of incineration remains real. 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 with electricity comes an increased risk of serious injuries. Also, this is true despite all the efforts of the government and caretakers. Hence, getting shock 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 Electrical Shock Dangers.

The legal minds at Ehline Law Firm stand on the side of parents, kids, and workers who were fried. 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 – Former C-47 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. Michael is a former United States Marine. Also, Michael passed the bar exam before obtaining a Juris Doctorate. Also, Ehline was a licensed C-47 contractor. In fact, 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. Last, 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. But we are also 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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Overhead powerline injuries.


Electrocution Defined:

Deadly shocks can emanate from exposure to high voltage electricity. Even minimal currents (70 mA – 700 mA) can cause heart problems such as fibrillation. But first aid devices such as a defibrillator can actually recharge the heart. But currents greater than (> 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 shock.

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 death by electricity. 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 shock 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 Electrical Shock.

Exposed wiring in apartment complex.
Exposed electrical wall socket.

Electrical injuries can happen when a victim’s body becomes 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.

Flash burns are often caused by an Arc. Basically, a nearby flash of high temperature heat burns a person. Common causes are 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. For example, it could be an involuntary muscle reaction from an electric shock. So in this type of incident, the tissue reaction can cause bruising; fractures and broken bones.

But it could also fry your nerves. And it may contribute to later death.

Electrical Burns:

Electrical burns are due to high voltage electricity exposure. Typically burns cause injury from the current flowing through the body. This type of injury leaves a severe exit wound on the body. Also, 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. The law requires employers 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 Shock Injury Lawyers Say?

The following info is important to know to understand your rights in shock 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.

Exposed and open wiring harnesses are a real threat to bystanders. Also, main power equipment boxes can become damaged or compromised. The most common damage is due construction vehicles and equipment. But sometimes mere inclement weather can ruin the wiring.

But the government does not maintain accurate info on causes of electric shock. 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, and burned nerve endings. But in fact, it could include 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 accident 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.

Sometimes employee safety is 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. 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 Shock Injury 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 Electrical Shock 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 Do Money Damages 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. Mental and physical agony and lost earnings often follow a monumental shock incident. 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. Business people face justice in court. In other words, a judge or jury will hold the employer to account for their destructive behavior.

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 Shock 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 $100 million dollars 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 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!

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