Electrocutions occur when some type of electric shock is sent through the body. While an electrocution involving a small electric shock can disrupt normal heartbeat, in the worst cases when larger currents are involved, an electrocution can cause severe burns, extensive damage to the body’s cells and/or the heart to stop beating altogether. While the severity of an electrocution will depend on the type of current, how long that current passed through the body and the amount of voltage associated with that current, any electrocution can injure a person, causing him to require emergency medical care.
Causes of Electrocution Injuries
Although a person can be electrocuted due to his own carelessness, in many cases, the negligence or recklessness of another individual or party plays a role in causing electrocution injuries. Some of the specific causes of electrocution injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Faulty or old wiring
- Exposed electrical sources
- Electrical arcs from power lines
- Contact with a power line due to, for example, a car accident or a construction accident
- Defective electrical products (including power tools, microwaves, hair dryers, etc.)
When negligence is involved in causing an electrocution injury, the injured person:
- Will likely have a personal injury claim against the negligent party
- Can secure compensation for his or her injuries and losses by following through with a personal injury lawsuit
- Should consult with the trusted St. Louis injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law to learn more about their legal rights and entitlements.
St. Louis Electrocution Injury Lawsuits
The St. Louis electrocution injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you have been electrocuted and believe that another party’s negligence may have been to blame, our Missouri and Illinois electrocution injury lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.