Frequently Asked Questions
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What Injuries Are Caused by Electrocution?
There is a myriad of injuries that a victim of electrocution can suffer. No matter how minor a victim thinks the incident may have been, it is crucial to seek medical treatment immediately after an electric shock or electrocution incident. The victim may have suffered some internal injury that can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Some of the more frequent injuries in the electrocution injury cases our legal team has handled include:
- Brain damage
- Cardiac arrest
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Chronic headaches
- Cognitive difficulties
- Hearing loss
- Heart fibrillation
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of kidney function
- Memory loss
- Nerve damage
- Respiratory failure
- Serious burns
- Spinal injuries
- Vision loss
What Is Electrocution?
Electrocution occurs when an individual is exposed to a high voltage electrical current. The effects of this shock can range from relatively minor wounds to death. There are certain factors that contribute to how severe the electrocution is including the type of current and circuit, the path the electricity takes in the victim’s body, the strength if the current, and how long the victim was in contact with the current.
Electrocution can cause damage to several important systems in the body, including the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, nervous systems, and the respiratory system.
Burns from electrocutions can also result in substantial and often permanent damage to the skin and soft tissue, often requiring extensive surgeries and other painful procedures.
Can I have my North Carolina personal injury lawyer with me when I meet with insurance company reps for the driver who hit and hurt me?
Yes, but we advise our North Carolina car accident injury clients to decline offers to meet in person with the insurance company representatives for the at-fault driver. We will sometimes participate in telephone conferences with our clients.
You want to avoid giving an official statement because if the case does not settle and goes to a lawsuit, the insurance company‘s lawyer will use your statement as the basis for a deposition. If you give answers that differ from your statement while under oath for the deposition, the insurance company will have evidence for denying your claims.
We help our North Carolina personal injury clients prepare for depositions in the same way we would prepare them to give trial testimony.
Do I have to notify my own insurance company if another driver hits and hurts me in North Carolina?
Your car insurance policy states somewhere that you must report all collisions that result in significant damage to the vehicle and/or injuries to the vehicle’s occupants. Comply with that provision even if you can in no way be found at fault for causing a wreck.
Self-reporting a crash allows you to access coverage under your own insurance policy months -- sometimes years -- before the at-fault driver’s insurer pays out on your claims. Additionally, you may need to rely completely on your own insurance if the person who hit and hurt you does not have adequate coverage of his or her own.
Note that it is still a good idea to consult with a North Carolina personal injury attorney even if you plan to deal entirely with your own car insurance company. Your insurer may investigate and look for ways to deny some or all of your claims just like they would if someone you crashed into filed claims against you.
Another driver hit and hurt me in North Carolina. Do I have to give a sworn statement to the other driver’s insurance company?
No. North Carolina law does not require victims of car crashes to provide written or recorded statements to insurance company representatives.
While it is always advisable to contact and notify a potentially responsible driver‘s insurance company, you should not give a written or recorded statement without first obtaining legal advice from your own North Carolina personal injury lawyer.
You may, at some point, want to give your own insurance company a written or recorded statement, but do not do so if you use the same insurer as the driver who hit and hurt you..
Where do electric shock injuries occur?They can happen almost anywhere. Electric shock injuries that lead to serious injury and death may happen at your place of employment when using electrical equipment. They can happen to pedestrians who are injured by a fallen power line. Some of our electrocution injury cases occurred on construction sites, or when the victim was working on cable lines or trees.
What are some of the possible injuries from a major electric shock?Most victims will suffer from both external and internal burns. Some will also suffer heart problems, nerve damage, brain damage, and even paralysis. And these injuries are only if the victim survives the shock event.
What is dangerous about an electric shock injury?Many people think of an electric shock injury as a sting/buzz they feel if they touch a turned on light socket without a lightbulb. But a serious electric shock can be a terrible injury with long-term effects for the accident victim. Some major electric shocks have even been known to toss the victim several feet in the air, leading to even worse injuries.
What are my legal options if I suffer an electrical shock injury on the job?Worker's compensation laws preclude you from filing a lawsuit against your own employer in most cases. However, if the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a subcontractor, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that entity. If a defective product was involved, a product liability lawsuit is a possibility.
How common are electrical shock injuries?The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there are approximately 320 deaths and 4,000 injuries annually from electrical shocks.