A young college student was killed after suffering an electric shock from "low-hanging" utility wire. while hiking in Hyde Park, New York. Police said, “The low-hanging electrical lines are believed to be owned by Amtrak.” As Virginia (VA) electrical injury lawyers we know this isn’t the first time Amtrak has been negligent in electrical safety. In 2002 a Philadelphia federal Court awarded $24.2 million in damages against Amtrak and Norfolk Southern for electrical burn injuries suffered by two 17-year-old boys.
If you do manage to survive an electric shock, there are likely to be many terrible side effects that may affect the quality of your life. Doctors are just now beginning to realize that the long-term effects of electric shock injuries can be varied, delayed, misunderstood but are certainly serious. For example, long-term cognitive and emotional problems may occur after an electric shock injury.
When victims of electrical shock recover from the visible injuries, such as burns or loss of feeling in limbs, they may still suffer from side effects that you cannot see but are just as devastating. An electrical shock victim can suffer from altered consciousness, confusion, disorientation, and amnesia. They can also suffer from headaches and distractibility, even persistent psychiatric disorders and dementia.
These invisible effects of electrical injuries can end careers, relationships and even marriages. Having the experience of handling electrical shock cases is important and helps us do the best job possible for our clients. Knowing your legal rights after suffering a serious electric shock injury is the first step in choosing a law firm to represent your claim.