FAQs: Electrocution Injury Lawyers in Texas

Q: What is electrocution?

A: Electrocution is any electrical current that comes into contact with the body and the electrical current travels through the body. There must be a non-conducting substance to interfere with the current’s contact with the body in order for it to stop. Since the body is made up of 70% water, then it is an excellent conductor for an electrical current.

Q: What are the most common causes of electrical accidents?

A: Negligence in the workplace in regards to equipment, maintenance, and safety regulations, as well as, defective consumer products which do not properly protect consumers from electrical shock are common electrical accident personal injury cases.

Q: What are the common injuries of electrical accidents?

A: Electrical burns from an electrical current have a range in severity. It is important to seek medical care right away if you have been shocked by an electrical current because you may not be able to tell if there are internal electrical burns from the outside. Electrocution can be so severe as to result in death because of respiratory failure or heart attack, or it can have a very minimal effect on the person if they were able to ground themselves quickly and stop the shock after a very brief period of time.

Q: If I was electrocuted at work, can I recover damages even though worker’s compensation has covered my medical expenses?

A: If your injury was due to faulty or defective equipment, then you can file a claim against the equipment manufacturer for damages not covered by the worker’s compensation. This would include loss of income, loss of earning potential, and loss of other benefits, such as retirement or insurance if the injuries were severe enough.

Q: I experienced an electrocution injury that left me with serious burn scars from a defective hair dryer. Is there someone I can hold responsible for this injury?

A: Assuming you were using the product appropriately and under normal conditions, then the manufacturer can be found liable if they were negligent in the manufacturing of the product. One of the reasonable standards a manufacturer is liable for is their product working as warranted. If the product electrocuted you before the warranty expired, then they are liable for what is called “breach of warranty”. In some cases, if certain circumstances are met, the judge or jury would also find the manufacturer had “strict liability”.

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