Santa Barbara Electrical Injury Attorneys
Help for Victims Injured by Electricity
Electricity is simultaneously a benefit of the modern world and one of its dangers. While headlines have been made in recent years by electric companies starting wildfires due to faulty equipment, electricity also presents small-scale dangers. Electrical injuries are not only painful, but can cause tremendous damage to a person – or become lethal.
If you or a loved one received any kind of electrical injury, it is important to determine who is responsible for what happened. You may think it was just an accident, but a full investigation could reveal that someone else caused your injuries through negligence. When that happens, you deserve compensation. Call NordstrandBlack PC at (805) 962-2022 to talk to a Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer in a free consultation.
Types of Electrical Injuries
Electricity is incredibly dangerous in large part because it is common, and most people take it for granted. We become comfortable around it and underestimate how much damage it can cause. The most common injuries caused by electricity include:
- Electric shock: Contact with a power source can cause painful shocks. While a minor shock from a static buildup might sting, serious shocks can damage muscle tissue.
- Electrocution: Electrocution is when an electric shock disrupts a person’s heartbeat. It is by definition fatal, and is a particular danger for electricians and construction workers. Electrocution can happen in an instant, with devastating effects on friends and family of the deceased.
- Burns: Electricity often causes serious burns to the exposed area. Surface-level burns are painful and take time to heal. Deeper burns can destroy muscle and other tissue and often require intensive medical treatment.
- Falls: This may seem strange, but falls caused by contact with electricity are common. This is a serious risk for utility crews working on power-line poles and electricians working in elevated areas.
Causes of Electrical Injuries
Anything with an electric current has the potential to cause harm. Some of the most common causes of electrical injuries are:
- Construction: Construction workers are among the most at-risk for electrical injuries. While electricians have the greatest exposure to power sources, everyone at a job site can be in danger. Workers using scaffolds and ladders near overhead power lines are particularly at risk for fatal electrocution.
- Downed power lines: Downed power lines pose a serious risk to anyone in the immediate area, and extreme caution should be shown if you encounter one. It is important to report a downed power line immediately so it can be dealt with. The city and the power company are both responsible for ensuring power lines do not hurt innocent people.
- Faulty equipment: Equipment used in manufacturing and other industries often has a tremendous current running through it. When such equipment is not properly maintained or is otherwise faulty, it presents a serious risk of electrical injury to workers.
- Defective products: Defects in consumer products can result in electric shocks to the user, and even start fires when they fail.
Electrical injuries can result in hospital bills, missed time from work, or have fatal consequences. When these injuries or a wrongful death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it is vital to hold the negligent party accountable. If you or a loved one has been harmed by electricity, call NordstrandBlack PC at (805) 962-2022 to schedule a free consultation.