Taking a do-it-yourself approach to home improvement can save you money. Let’s face it, home makeover shows have many of us wishing we were skilled carpenters or electricians, but we’re not. The truth is, there are projects where being hands-on is too dangerous. Electrical work at home is risky. Because electricity can be volatile and dangerous, it’s easy to get seriously hurt if you aren’t careful. Here are some insights for filing a claim for electrical injuries at home and work.
What Causes Electrical Injuries and Who is to Blame?
The risk of electric shock injury in the home occurs most often due to faulty electrical outlets and electrical household equipment such as microwaves, mixers, washing machines and dryers among others. If you are injured while operating any defective household equipment, the manufacturer could be liable to compensate you for your injuries.
Malfunctioning electrical equipment is also the most common cause of electrical shock injury claims in the workplace. Consider construction workers who face electrical hazards on job sites. If they inadvertently contact high voltage power lines, generators, or electrical tools, they can be badly hurt. More than half of all electrical fatalities in the United States occur in the construction industry, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.
But you don’t have to work in a high-risk job to suffer an electrical injury at home or work. Electrical injuries of any kind can be serious, and in some cases, life-threatening. People who suffer from nonfatal electrical injuries spend a median of five days away from work, which means there is likely substantial pain and suffering involved.
Common injuries after experiencing an electrical shock include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Orthopedic injuries
Whether you work for a restaurant, retail store, or remodeling firm, it is your employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for their employees. That includes having a workspace free from a foreseeable electrical hazard.
How Much Compensation for Electric Shock Can You Expect?
If you are a victim in a personal injury lawsuit involving electrical injuries at home, a court may award you damages for pain and suffering, current and future medical expenses, current lost wages, future earning potential, emotional distress, attorney costs, and court fees. In some cases, it may be possible to recover punitive damages as well.
If you are hurt while working, your employer may be liable for failing to provide proper safety training. Perhaps, they cut corners or were careless to save money. In some cases, a third party may be responsible for an electrical hazard.
With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in New Jersey, you can figure out who is liable for your electrical injuries and determine on what basis you can make a claim or sue. Even if an insurance company offers you a settlement, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney before accepting any payment.
Allow a New Jersey personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of James C. Dezao, P.A. to examine your electrical injury case and help you determine whether filing a claim for electrical injuries, whether it is workplace liability, product liability, or third-party liability, is appropriate in your case. We can conduct a case review for free. If you live in New Jersey, call us today at 1-(844) 332-1527 or fill out our online form to learn more. We respond promptly to all inquiries.