Houston Electrocution Injury Lawyer
Attorney for Electrocution Injuries
At Simmons and Fletcher, we understand the devastation that can be caused by an electrocution injury. In 2012, our attorneys recovered an 11.9 million dollar settlement in a work-related electrocution injury. These injuries can be life changing and, in some cases, can even cause death. You need an experienced attorney handling your case.
If your electrocution injury was caused by the negligence of any other person or entity– whether it was because of a work accident, a product that malfunctioned or a poorly-maintained wire–the law allows you the opportunity to recover compensation from the person or entity that caused you harm. But proving that the electrocution injury occurred because of someone’s careless behavior is essential to recovering damages, which is why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help.
At Simmons and Fletcher, we have the dedication and experience you need to take action after an electrocution injury. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!
How Does an Electrocution Injury Happen?
An electrocution injury can happen in any number of situations. Electricians and those who work on construction sites or near live wires are especially at risk for electrocution due to exposure to electrical current. Roofers, laborers, carpenters and supervisors of construction sites can all fall into the high-risk category.
For those who do not work in the construction field, electrocution injuries can occur when there is contact between a person and overhead power lines. If power lines are not properly maintained, designed or installed, then a person can suffer an electrocution injury as a result of contact with the power line and a transfer of current to the body.
Defective or dangerous products are a cause of electrocution injuries as well. If a product sparks due to defective wiring, for example, the current can transfer into the user’s body and cause serious harm.
Types of Electrocution Injuries
Electrocution injuries take many different forms including the following:
- Heart damage – A person can flat line (have no cardiac activity) or can experience ventricular fibrillation as a result of an electrocution injury. If prompt treatment is not received, heart damage caused by current in an electrocution injury can cause death.
- Lung damage – If the electrical current passes through your chest, you may experience respiratory arrest. Again, prompt treatment is necessary.
- Damage to the central nervous system – When current passes from one hand to another through the body, this can do damage to the central nervous system, including the spine and head. Being electrocuted often also causes people to jerk or fall, which can cause or contribute to head and spine damage.
- Kidney damage – Your muscles and kidneys can become severely damaged as a result of an electrocution injury.
- Burns and skin damage – These types of injuries are extremely common in electrocution injury cases and are often very severe.
Let Us Handle Your Electrocution Injuries Claim
These causes and types of electrocution injuries are just a few examples of the types of cases that arise out of electrocutions. If you have suffered an electrocution injury, you need to get legal assistance to learn about your rights. Schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer from Simmons and Fletcher today to learn more!