Florida Overhead Powerline Accident Attorney
Power lines are critical for transmitting electricity from power plants to our homes and businesses; without powerlines, life as we know it would be drastically changed. While powerlines are an essential part of our infrastructure, electricity—and therefore powerlines—can be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by an overhead powerline, our experienced Florida overhead powerline accident attorney at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can support you in your claim for damages. Reach out to us directly today to learn more about how we can help following an accident caused by an overhead powerline.
Who’s at Risk of Being Involved in an Overhead Powerline Accident?
Powerline accidents most commonly involve powerline workers and those in the construction and electricity industries who work on or around powerlines. However, while these parties are the most at risk for a serious accident due to their activity around powerlines, community residents and everyday persons and passersby could be harmed, too. We can represent both workers and everyday citizens who have been harmed in a powerline accident in filing a personal injury claim.
Injuries from a Powerline Accident
Injuries from a powerline accident can vary dramatically depending on the type of accident. Types of powerline accidents include:
- Fires ignited from downed powerlines and live electricity
- Electrocution accidents as a result of live wires that come in contact with a person’s body
If a person is injured as a result of a fire, they may experience severe burn injuries, respiratory injuries, damages to soft tissues, scarring, and disfigurement. Injuries from electrocution can include, but aren’t limited to, burn damage at the injury site, internal organ damage, brain injury, cardiac arrest (heart attack), and muscle, nerve, and tissue damage. Powerline accidents can be fatal.
Causes of Overhead Powerline Accident
For workers who are working on or near powerlines, common causes of overhead powerline accidents include improper use of heavy equipment/heavy equipment operator errors; contact by long-handled tools; contact by items carried by workers, such as ladders; and worker error. Powerline accidents can also occur as a result of severe weather that leads to downed powerlines. Sometimes, workmanship defects can lead to improper securement of a powerline.
Liability for Overhead Powerline Accidents
If you have been injured in an overhead powerline accident, you may have a cause of action to sue for damages. When you hire our law firm, we will investigate your case and determine the cause of the powerline accident, whose negligence led to the powerline accident and who should be held liable, what evidence exists to support your case, and what the extent and value of your damages are. We’ll be responsible for filing your claim, proving fault and damages, and negotiating your settlement.
Call Us Today for Your Free Consultation
An overhead powerline accident could change your life or take the life of a loved one. For help filing your personal injury or wrongful death claim following this tragic accident type, call our law firm directly for your free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis.