Before you pull out the griddle for your weekend brunch plans, take a look at the make and model. Walmart just announced a recall of 330,000 electric griddles that could pose a shock hazard to home cooks.
So far, no injuries have been reported; however, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the griddle's heating element can crack and allow water inside, which then poses a shock hazard when it's plugged into an electrical outlet.
As Virginia electric shock injury lawyers we know just how devastating electric shock injuries can be. An electrical shock injury has the propensity to cause severe, disfiguring burns known as electric burns. What makes these burns unique is that the burns may be not noticeable to the naked eye; some burns completely internal. If you suffer an internal electric burn, you may lose the feeling in your arm, leg, or other body part or even be unable to use the limb.
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The outcome of an electric shock to an individual depends on the intensity of the voltage to which the person was exposed, the route of the current through the body, the victim's state of health, and the speed and adequacy of the treatment. Death by electric shock is called electrocution.
In the United States, on average 400 die from electrocution and 4,400 are injured each year because of electrical hazards. Of these, 180 are related to consumer products.
Our Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC) law firm understand the challenges associated with electric shock personal injury lawsuits. We represented an airline pilot who suffered a serious electric shock injury while staying at a hotel. The injury was caused by a malfunctioning overhead light fixture in the shower. The aftereffects of the electrocution that our client suffered included blurry vision, fatigue, loss of coordination and an inability to continue in his chosen profession as a pilot. The electrical shock injury lawsuit was filed on behalf of the pilot, and the case was eventually settled for $1.5 million.