What are the potential effects of an electric burn
Electrical burns can result in severe internal burns and damage, thermal burns on the outside of skin, and interfere with the regular processes of the body. Prolonged exposure to electrical current can result in death.
If you witness someone being exposed to electrical current, the best thing that can be done is to shut down the electrical current (assuming it is possible and safe to do so) and calling 911 for emergency assistance. The duration of exposure directly affects the person’s prognosis.
Liability for Electric Burns
If your burn was caused due to the negligence or irresponsibility of another person or business, then they may be held liable for the following:
- Past and future expenses medical treatment
- Lost wages if it is impossible for you to return to work because of the injury
- Pain & suffering if there is a significant impact on your quality of life, such as permanent disability or disfigurement
Usually, insurance policies obtained by a business or individual is what will be used to pay out compensation for these types of injuries. In some cases, if electric current led to the death of a loved one, the surviving company may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
Negligence can come in many forms. Here are some examples:
- If a company does not provide proper safety training or equipment for their workers, or encourage safe procedures, then they may be found liable for electrical burns sustained while at work.
- If you used a product as directed and it leads to electric shock and burns, then the manufacturer of that product may be liable.
- If there is exposed wiring at a hotel or other place of business, without proper warning, and it leads to electrical burns, then the owner or business may be found liable under premises liability law.
If you’ve suffered from an electrical burn due to an unsafe work environment or negligence of a person, we are here to help. Contact us today to discuss the specific circumstances regarding your burn injuries.