Providence Electrocution Lawyer
Every year, electrocution accidents cause around 1,000 per year and injure thousands of other victims. Electrocution injuries can range from minor to severe, and the resulting harm can be devastating for victims of this type of accident. At the Kiselica Law Firm, our Providence electrocution lawyer understands how traumatic an electrocution accident is to the victim and their loved ones, and we are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to learn more about your legal options following an electrocution injury.
Electrocution Accident Injuries
Electrocution injuries occur when the body receives a significant electrical shock. Accidental electrocutions can happen in a number of ways, from exposure to a high voltage power line to shocks from high powered equipment that is not properly grounded. Electric fences that lack proper signage, faulty household products, and construction site accidents also contribute to electrocution accident injuries every year.
Electrocution accidents can cause injuries that range from mild to severe and cause damage when the electrical current enters, passes through, and exits the body. The severity of the damage often depends on the voltage of the shock, the length of time the current passes through the body, and the pathway of the current. The most common injury associated with electrocution is burns, both at the source of where it enters and exits the body in addition to internal burns. This type of accident can also injure the cardiovascular system, central nervous system, and musculoskeletal system. Heart damage, brain damage, nerve damage, seizures, broken bones, and more can all be caused by an electrocution accident, with many of these injuries resulting in permanent damage.
Compensation for Electrocution Accidents
Compensation for electrocution accidents includes payment for both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include payment for out of pocket costs like medical bills, lost wages, and future lost income and benefits. Noneconomic costs cover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In the worst cases, where the victim of an electrocution accident dies as a result, the family can also seek compensation for wrongful death. This includes damages for funeral and burial costs, final medical expenses, and the loss of love, support, future income, and companionship.
Filing an Electrocution Injury Lawsuit
In Rhode Island, the victim of an electrocution injury accident only has a short window of time, known as the statute of limitations, to file a lawsuit for damages. The law states that a victim has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim, and if you fail to do so the court can throw out your case and bar you from collecting any compensation from those responsible for the harm. Once the lawsuit is filed, both sides will have an opportunity to negotiate a settlement that is full and fair for the injuries caused by the electrocution. If a settlement cannot be reached, then your attorney will take your case to court.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about electrocution accident compensation and for a review of your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Rhode Island, call or contact the office of the Kiselica Law Firm today in Providence.