In electrical burn injury cases, electricity enters the victim’s body by arcing through the air or traveling through a device that conducts electricity. After the person makes contact with the electrical current, the resulting burn is generated by electricity flowing through the body. In addition to serious burns, currents of electricity can cause organ failure, respiratory arrest, and heart attacks. Each year, an average of 1,000 people are killed in the U.S. from exposure to electricity. An additional 30,000 people suffer electrical injuries, and 5 percent of all burn unit admissions are from electrical burn injuries. If your burn injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a legal claim to recover compensation.
Exploring Electrical Burn Injury Cases
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the most common type of electrical injury is an electrical burn injury. Hands are commonly an entry point for electricity because people are typically working with electrical devices when their electrical accidents happen. Many different types of injuries can occur when people come into contact with electricity, including all of the following:
- Third-degree burns
- Cardiac arrest
- Brain death
- Nerve damage
- Tissue destruction
- Involuntary muscle spasms
- Internal bleeding
- Difficulty breathing (requiring respiratory assistance)
Some people may suffer multiple injuries in addition to their electrical burns.
Internal injuries may not be immediately noticeable, but they can worsen if left untreated. So if you are shocked and suffer an electrical burn injury, seek immediate medical attention.
Causes of Electrical Burn Injuries
An electrical burn injury may happen whenever you are working around live electrical currents. People may believe that their electrical devices or appliances are safe when they are not being used. However, if the devices are plugged into an outlet, they still have electricity flowing to them. It is important for you to understand that your appliances can still shock you even when they are not turned on. A malfunctioning or defective device can shock you when it is turned off. If it contacts water, you may suffer a serious shock injury or fatality.
You should never touch an electrical appliance while your hands are wet. It is particularly dangerous if your hands have salt water on them because salt water conducts electricity more easily than fresh water. In your home, your bathroom is the room where you are most likely to come into contact with an electrical device while you are wet. You should never use electronics in the bathroom while you are using the sink, shower, or tub.
Electrical Burn Injury Cases While Using Defective Products
If you are shocked or burned by a product that you were using in its intended manner, the product may be defective. In this case, the manufacturer or designer of the defective product may be liable to pay damages.
If you are shocked or burned while using a defective tool at your job, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits from your employer while also filing a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the defective tool.
Your attorney can conduct a thorough investigation to identify the causes of your accident and all of the parties that are potentially liable.
Get Help from an Electrical Burn Injury Attorney
Electrical burn injuries can happen anywhere, including at your home and at your job. If you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, consult an experienced burn injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook. We can help you figure out whether you have grounds to file a legal claim.
In many cases, people who receive severe electrical burn injuries are left with substantial medical bills, income losses, and ongoing therapy and rehabilitation after their accidents. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook have the legal skills and knowledge necessary to prosecute electrical burn injury claims. We are able to guide you throughout the claim process and help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Our lawyers are passionate about helping people who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 479-783-8000 or contact us online.