While electricity is almost ubiquitous, most Americans do not expect to walk onto a property and suddenly suffer an electric shock. However, if the building was not maintained properly, you might be entitled to compensation for being electrocuted. Your accident attorney can help you begin the process of filing a claim.
Premises Liability After an Electrocution
Usually, when there is an electrical accident in a building, this is the fault of the owner of the building. There might have been faulty electrical wiring, the property owner might not have properly maintained the wiring, or the outlets might not have been properly installed.
However, your electrocution might have been the result of a defective piece of equipment. If this is the case, you will want to talk to your accident attorney about whether you will be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of the defective equipment.
Damages Caused by an Electrocution
Electrocution can lead to a range of consequences including damage to your soft tissues and muscles, heart damage, damage to your brain or spinal cord, and damage to other internal organs.
An Accident Injury Attorney Can Save Your Case
An accident attorney will look at the facts of your case and will then try to determine whether you will be able to file a successful accident injury claim with a liable party. In some cases, the attorney might need to perform more reach through the discovery process to determine if you have a case. For example, the attorney might need to file a motion with the court to preserve evidence.
For a party to be considered at fault, you will need to prove that they had a duty of care, that they breached the duty of care, that you were injured, and that you suffered damages as a result.
The Settlement Negotiation Process
Once your attorney is able to prove that one of the parties is at fault, they will help you calculate the damages you have suffered so you can seek compensation for your injuries. These damages can include medical bills you will need to pay, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Electrocution can be a very traumatic event and you will be entitled to compensation if you are suffering from a mental health condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Once your accident attorney has calculated all the damages you have suffered, they will help you negotiate a settlement with the property owner.
To learn more, contact a company like AC Thor Injury Law.