Florida Electrical Accident Attorney
Electricity is all around us—in our homes, at our places of work, at the stores and locations we visit. While we count on electricity to power our homes and our lives, we rarely think about how dangerous it is. Indeed, there are approximately 1,000 electrocution-caused deaths in the United States each year. If you have been involved in an electrical accident, our experienced Florida electrical accident attorneys at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can help. Reach out to us today to learn about your right to recovery.
Types of Electrical Accidents & Injuries
Electricity can lead to electrical shock injuries, electrical burn injuries, and electrical fires. All of these injury types can be dangerous—and even fatal.
- Electrical shock (electrocution injuries). When a person’s body comes in direct contact with electricity, they are at risk of an electrical shock injury. An electrical shock injury can cause severe burns, spine injury, traumatic brain injury, damage to internal organs, seizure, loss of consciousness, and death in severe cases.
- Electrical burn injuries. When electricity comes in contact with the body, electrical burn injuries are probable. One thing to note about electrical burn injuries is that visible damage to the dermis/epidermis (skin) can be misleading, as high voltage running through the body can lead to severe subdermal tissue damage.
- Electrical fires. An electrical fire occurs when electrical components with an appliance or circuit fail or become overloaded. Exposed wires, aging equipment and appliances, light fixtures, and extension cords are common sources of electrical fires. The damage from these accidents depends on how quickly the fire is detected and put out.
How Do Electrical Accidents Happen?
Electric shock, electric burn, and electric fire accidents and injuries may occur as a result of:
- Defective appliances/electronics that were defectively designed, manufactured, or maintained
- Exposed or faulty wiring
- Faulty outlets
- Downed powerlines
- Overloaded circuit breakers
- Improper electrical work, such as failing to properly ground an outlet
- Defective construction
- On-the-job errors or safety violations that lead to workplace injuries
When an electrical injury occurs, it’s important that an investigation into the cause of the accident is opened as quickly as possible. When you hire the law firm of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A., we’ll manage the investigation and hire experts, including electricians, product design experts, and others, to investigate the case to determine what happened.
What to Do Following an Electrical Accident
After an electrical accident, the most important thing is seeking medical care for treatment of your injuries. As soon as you are able, you should call an experienced electrical accident attorney who can start investigating your case, calculating your damages, and building a claim against the responsible party. If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your harm, our Florida electrical injury lawyers will work hard to get you the settlement you deserve. To learn more about your rights and how our team can help, reach out to us by phone or online at your convenience. We are here to advocate for you.Florida