California Electrical Burn Injury & Electrocution Attorney

An electrical injury is damage to the skin or internal organs when a person comes into direct contact with an electrical current. Electrocution and the burn aftermath may be equally traumatizing for victims and while our burn attorneys can’t undo the pain, we can help by fighting on your behalf. Our California electrical burn injury attorneys have signifiant experience handling electrocution and electrical burn injury cases.

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The attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group work with clients and family members to detail the impact of the electrocution or electrical burn accident.  Nerve damage or cognitive disruption may make it impossible to return to work.  Others suffer a range of symptoms from numbness and tingling to memory loss or even personality change.  Our goal is to ensure that the medical, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of a electrocution or electrical burn are appropriately compensated.  We prepare for trial in the event that the responsible party denies liability or the insurance companies refuse to pay full damages.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our California electrocution and electrical burn injury lawyers, call us today at 866.613.9906 or fill out our online case evaluation.

Electrical burns differ from thermal or chemical burns in that they cause much more subdermal damage.  They can exclusively cause surface damage, but more often tissues deeper underneath the skin have been severely damaged.  As a result, electrical burns are difficult to accurately diagnose, and many people underestimate the severity of their burn.  In extreme cases, electricity can cause shock to the brain, strain to the heart, and injury to other organs. Electrical burn injuries take 1,000 lives per year in the United States, with a 3 to 5 percent mortality rate.

Types and Treatment of Electrical Burn Injuries

There are six basic types of electrical burns. Sometimes, a victim of an electrical burn can suffer from two or more electrical burns. Medical professionals should handle and treat each burn differently based on its cause and severity. The main types of electrical burns include:

  • Arc burns happen when electrical energy traveling from a high resistance space to a low resistance one. They do not require direct contact with an electricity source but can cause a blast of pressure and produce extremely high heat.
  • Flame burns happen when the source of another burn, such as an arc burn, catches on fire.
  • Flash burns happen when electrical arcs appear on the skin. This can cause extensive damage to large areas of skin, but usually doesn’t penetrate the tissue.
  • Low voltage burns happen when a person encounters an electrical source that is 500 volts or lower. This burn usually only harms skin and causes a milder burn.
  • High voltage burns happen when a person encounters a high voltage electrical source. This burn can cause damage to tissues and organs.
  • Oral burns happen when a person bites into an electrical cord. This burn is most common in children, causing injuries to the mouth. Sometimes, faulty dental equipment can also cause these burns.

Treatment

To treat electrical burns, medical professionals need to be extremely careful. If the patient is still in contact with the electrical source, anyone who touches the patient can also receive burns. To treat a patient with an electrical burn, a doctor or EMT will:

  1. Remove or turn off the electrical source using a rubber, wooden, or plastic tool
  2. Lay down the patient to prevent shock or seizure
  3. Assess the patient’s injuries
  4. Cool the burns under running water
  5. Cover the burns loosely to prevent infections

If a burn victim is not breathing, risks having an internal injury, or needs any other medical attention, the doctor or EMT will administer treatment such as CPR and send them to a hospital or burn center.

Causes of Electrical Burns

  • Accidental contact with exposed parts of electrical appliances or wiring
  • Flashing of electric arcs from high-voltage power lines
  • Lightning
  • Machinery or occupational-related exposures
  • Young children biting or chewing on electrical cords, or poking metal objects into an electrical outlet

Most people do not realize that serious injury and death can result from contact with a very small amount of electrical current. Because of the dangers associated with electricity, strict safety rules and standards have been established to provide protection to the average consumer.

Power companies, construction companies and building owners are required to abide by industry standard warnings and protections against accidental electrocutions.  In worksite situations, employers and power companies have a responsibility to properly locate, maintain and provide protection from overhead power lines. A product manufacturer must provide proper insulation and ground fault protection for its products.

Although electrocutions can be caused by “freak accidents,” many times the cause of the injury is the result of a company, corporation, local power and light company’s negligence or even the carelessness of a neighbor or fellow citizen.  For this reason, there is usually considerable compensation available for the victim and their families through California premises liability, product liability, wrongful death claim or other insurance claims.

Types of Cases We Handle

If you or your loved one has an electrocution or electric burn injury contact the California attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group to explore legal options after an electrocution or a serious electrical burn injury.  We have been serving victims across California in a wide variety of electrical injury claims.  We understand the impact that these injuries can have on victims.  We seek compensation for all of your needs, including pain and suffering, medical care, loss of income, loss of earning capacity and any other considerations appropriate to your case.  As an example we handle cases involving:

Long-Term Effects of Electric Injuries

Electric injuries are extremely dangerous.  After falling, electrocution is the second leading cause of death in workplace accidents.  Even when electric shocks are not fatal, the injuries can leave you partially or permanently disabled.  Severe electrical burns may require skin grafts and leave you with lasting injuries, including:

  • blindness
  • nerve damage
  • heart damage
  • brain damage
  • amputation

You may suffer from secondary injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries and internal injuries as a result of being thrown from the electrical source.



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