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Electricity is all around us and is very powerful. It is also very dangerous and, sadly, you may already have had experience with this. It is true that most electricity accidents are traumatic and lead to serious burns, long-term injuries, shock, and possibly even wrongful death. More than most accident types, electrocutions can happen to workers and people in almost every industry and part of the state. Our Orange County Electrocution Injury Lawyers are here to help get you back on your feet with the compensation you deserve.
Though the average person considers the definition much broader, electrocutions are when an electric shock plays a part in the stopping of one’s heart. Electric injuries occur when someone comes into contact with electricity or a source of live power. It happens due to faulty wiring, forgetting or failing to turn the power off during construction or fixing appliances, downed power line, power lines that come into contact with water, employees working on power lines, cutting through underground power lines with shovels, backhoes, jackhammers, cranes, and picks, accidental contact between something that is metal and electricity (ladders, machines, metal rails, metal boots, and tools), car accident, water or puddle on the floor that comes in contact with a live electrical outlet, electrical arcs, restaurant accidents, and many other negligent acts by subcontractors, general contractors, electricians, or coworkers.
Faulty wiring is when the positive, negative, or ground wires are not correctly installed, insulated, connected, tied down and/or flowing properly. It is important that even when sealing up a fixture, electrical box, or electrical device, that the electrical tape, electrical wire nuts, or soldering will still be attached and solid upon completion of the job. Symptoms of faulty wiring are inoperative electrical devices, flickering lights, surges in electrical power, and fluctuating power bills that may be much higher than normal.
Faulty wiring can lead to fires, accidental electrocutions, and more. Though the average person considers the definition much broader, electrocutions are when an electric shock creates a condition in which the heart stops. Due to the amount of water and electricity in a restaurant, faulty wiring has caused fires in some restaurants. The negligent acts that can cause faulty wiring can be done by electricians, subcontractors, general contractors, mechanics, maintenance staff, previous homeowners, or coworkers.
Most electrical outlets in California power 110 volts but the larger outlets for appliances like ovens and air conditioners power 220 volts. Electrocutions are considered low voltage if less than 500 volts travel into the victim’s body and high voltage if more than 500 volts hurt someone. High voltage accidental electrocutions can cause major injuries. The severity of the injury also depends on the path the current travels, the type of electrical current (DC / direct current or AC / alternating current), and the amount of voltage that was discussed earlier.
The most commonplace for electrical injuries to occur is at work. Employees and their families have rights and are protected under the workers’ comp laws in California. Employers are required to not penalize or fire an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. Our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys are very experienced at taking care of work comp claims and investigating every accident for all responsible parties including third parties who were also at fault. Our hard-working Orange County electrocution attorneys have over thirty years of experience of maximizing the types and amount of compensation.
The Orange County personal injury lawyers of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are ready to help you in and out of court right away. Call us today at (714) 783-2205 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We are well-known in California and Orange County for our dedication to our clients. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your personal injury or work injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. We are available to meet during normal office hours or by on the weekend and in the evening by appointment. You can trust our Electrocution injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo.