Electric Shock/Electrocution
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The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.

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  • Should I call 911 for an electric shock injury?

     
    You should call 911 if the electric shock injury is serious, and also in any case if the source of the shock was a high voltage wire or lightning. Some serious electric shock symptoms include burns, confusion, breathing difficulty, cardiac arrest, muscle pain, and seizures. 

  • How is an electric shock injury diagnosed?

     
    Electric shock injuries are diagnosed by a medical professional by learning about the nature of the accident, a physical examination and close monitoring of kidney and cardiovascular activity. 

  • What can happen to your body when shocked by electricity?

    What can happen to your body when you are shocked by electricity
     
    It depends upon the current type, voltage, how the current went through your body, your health and how quickly you are treated. Some electric shocks will leave obvious burns, but others may leave no mark on the skin but cause serious damage to internal organs and tissues. 

  • 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?

    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. 

  • Q: If I suffer electrocution or electric shock at work, can I file a lawsuit or is it only a Worker's Compensation claim?

     It is usually a Worker's Compensation claim if it happens at work, but if the electric shock was caused by a third-party besides your own employer, there may be a negligence claim in addition to the workers compensation claim.  Personal injury lawyers call this a "third-party case". This requires careful analysis as to whether the cause of the electric shock arose from negligence of another party besides your own employer and we would be happy to evaluate this type claim. The firm has handled a number of serious electric shock injury cases and knows how to develop the case, and the types of experts that are necessary to prove these electric shock/electrocution cases.  If you have questions, our personal injury lawyers provide free, confidential consultations and can evaluate your claim so fill in a quick contact form or call us toll-free.