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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  • 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. 

  • What are some common causes of electrical shock injuries in Virginia?

    Our Virginia personal injury attorneys have heard about electrical shock injuries caused by cranes or hoists. Construction workers and crane operators are at higher risk from electrocution. Also, electrical contractors in Virginia have been known to suffer electric shock injuries when electrical work is substandard. Powerline repairs are also a frequent cause of injury and death. 

  • 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.