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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What about contributory negligence in electrical shock cases?

    North Carolina and Virginia follow the contributory negligence standard. This means if you are even partially to blame for the electric shock injury, you are barred from financial recovery in a legal action. 

  • What rights do victims of electrical shock have?

    Anyone who has been done harm by electrical wiring or an electronic device has the same right to file an insurance claim or pursue a personal injury lawsuit as a car crash victim. However, North Carolina law, in particular, makes it harder to hold negligent employers, product owners, and property owners accountable.

  • I’m an electrician. Can I file a personal injury claim for getting shocked?

    Workers’ compensation covers electric shocks and electrocutions on the job. An injured worker or a deceased workers’ family may also have grounds for filing what is called a third-party lawsuit if the cause of the injury or death was a defective tool, faulty protective equipment and clothing, or dangers created by workers for a company other than one that employed the individual who suffered the shock or electrocution.

    Hiring a Virginia or North Carolina personal injury lawyer who has experience handling both electric shock and dangerous and defective product cases will help the injured worker or the worker’s family conduct the investigation that is needed to discover if filing a third-party lawsuit is an option. Such a lawsuit can proceed if the investigation shows that the worker was using the tool or equipment as designed and instructed, and also if the worker had no reason to suspect that an earlier crew had made the mistake that produced the electric shock.

    If your case meets a set of strict criteria and you suffered your electric shook injury on a job site in Virginia or North Carolina, you may be able to file an insurance claim or civil lawsuit against the the company that hired you or against a fellow worker who acted negligently or recklessly. You should speak with a personal injury lawyer before filing such a claim, though, because the grounds for doing so are very narrow,

  • Who has responsibility for the bad wiring that shocked and injured me at a hotel?

    Several individuals and businesses could have insurance liability after a guest suffers a serious electric shock in a hotel room in Virginia or North Carolina. To figure out which insurance policies apply, a personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to determine exactly how and why his client received a shock serious enough to send the client to the hospital.

    Faulty wiring could be the result of improper construction, shoddy maintenance, or a failure to inspect rooms for damage and needed repairs. In each of those scenarios, claims could conceivably be filed against a contractor and the individual hotel’s management. If a chain demonstrates a pattern of neglecting the safety of travelers, that entire organization may owe a duty to pay the medical bills of and other forms of compensation to the person who suffered the electric shock.

    If the shock came from a dangerous or defective product supplied by the hotel, the hotel’s management and the company that made the product could have insurance liability. Lamps, coffeemakers, televisions and hair dryers present electric shock dangers, and all come standard in hotel rooms.

    To succeed with a claim, the injured hotel guest must present evidence that he or she did not cause the shock by damaging wires or misusing items in the room. One reason to hire a Virginia or North Carolina personal injury lawyer to pursue an electric shock claim is that the hotel management will argue that the guest caused his or her own injury.