In the modern world, electrocution is a constant danger, both at work and at home. Every year in the United States, over 1,000 people are killed by electrocution and another 30,000 suffer non-fatal shock accidents.
Electrocution is the main cause of death in construction accidents, responsible for 20% of all construction fatalities. Working with electricity in a home or building where there is non-insulated or substandard wiring is a substantial risk for everyone on site. Accidents have occurred when workers have driven cranes or used metal-enforced hydraulic hoses or scaffolds near power lines.
Power lines also provide great risk of electrocution for everyday people, especially when the lines are down because of a thunderstorm, ice storm, or similar natural occurrence. Electrical companies are required to fix power lines blown down by a storm and to take precautions not to run power lines too close to a house. They are also responsible for following industry standards when erecting power lines and ensuring the lines are properly marked so they are visible to aircraft.
Danger from electricity is not limited to power lines. Electrocution can occur in many other ways, such as through the use of faulty electrical appliances like power tools, hair dryers, and other household appliances. Electrocution is often fatal, but it can also result in other injuries, including electric shock, burns, permanent nerve and brain injury in addition to falls are common after contact with an electric current.
When a third party, whether a manufacturer of a defective product or a power company, is responsible for hazardous conditions resulting in electrocution or electrical injuries, there may be grounds for legal action. At DBJ, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating electrocution and electrical injury cases.
DBJ electrocution litigation successes include:
- $30 million verdict for a carpenter who was shocked when the electrical subcontractor failed to turn off the electricity at a construction site
- $6.8 million verdict for a man who was shocked while working near a crane
Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.