One of my family members suffered an electrical shock when their work equipment touched a power line causing a serious shock. What laws apply to this type of activity? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

State and federal law have a strict liability statute that work equipment may not be placed within a certain number of feet of any overhead power lines.  So if the employer or person was responsible for putting the work equipment in close proximity to an overhead power line there will be liability on the company that authorized that work.  Consult with an experienced electric shock attorney with our law firm for advice.