Electrical accidents often result in death, and for those who survive, the injuries are typically complex and severe. The most common scenarios where electrical accidents occur involve the unintentional contact with overhead power lines, such as by a raised dump truck or a crane. Tim Caress and Caress Law Group have extensive experience in handling cases involving electrical accidents, and we fully understand the complexities and challenges that these cases present.
Major high-voltage electrical trauma can produce one of the most devastating of physical injuries. Repeated debridements, amputations, and extensive rehabilitation are common. Limb amputation rates for victims who experience direct electrical contact can be as high as 75%. In general, most victims who survive high-voltage electrical shock are left permanently disabled.
Even with no visible burn, survivors may be faced with long-term muscular pain and discomfort, fatigue, problems with peripheral nerve conduction and sensation, inadequate balance and coordination, and other symptoms. Central nervous system effects may be difficult to diagnose.
In addition, electrical injury often leads to problems with neurocognitive function, affecting speed of mental processing, attention, concentration, and memory. The high frequency of psychological problems is very well established and may be multifactorial in etiology. As with any traumatic and life-threatening experience, electrical injury may result in post-traumatic psychiatric disorders which can be as life-changing as a major physical deformity. Involvement of experienced consultants and a supportive environment are required to facilitate rehabilitation, return to gainful employment, and normal family and social functioning.
Many families have been devastated by an electrical accident. High voltage electricity is in every neighborhood, and is around every construction site. On contact, high voltage electricity will cause death or major electrical burns with permanent disability.
Because of the danger, companies and landlords are subject to strict rules and safety standards. Power companies, construction companies and building owners are required to follow these rules and safety standards. The rules and safety standards are intended to keep us safe. However, rules are sometimes broken. If death or personal injury results, the company that broke the rules may be liable.
Electrical accident injuries vary with the voltage of the conductor. The most dangerous conductors are the electric utility transmission lines, with very high voltage, sometimes over 100,000 volts. At such a high voltage, you do not have to actually touch the conductor to be electrocuted. If you get near such a high voltage line, the electricity will arc over to complete the deadly circuit. As these electrical powers lines go into neighborhoods, a transformer at a substation will drop the voltage. However, the neighborhood distribution lines are still very dangerous.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an electrical accident, we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can, but you have to take the first step and reach out to us. You may be concerned about whether you have a case or not, or you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all that