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Law Offices of Fernando Vargas
Law Offices of Fernando Vargas

Electrocution Accident Trial Lawyer

Electrocution Accident Trial LawyerElectrocution injuries can happen suddenly, and without warning. When they occur, the victim’s life can change drastically and permanently.

If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution injury in an accident, it is important that you choose an attorney who thoroughly understands California’s laws and statutes regarding electrocution claims. California Electrocution Accident Lawyer Fernando D. Vargas is an experienced trial lawyer who, since 1987, has effectively litigated thousands of personal injury cases including wrongful death claims throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange, with an emphasis in the cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Fontana, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is located in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury verdicts and settlements for their clients.

What happens during an electrocution?

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Electrical injuries are usually classified in 3 ways, which are associated with certain patterns of injury:

  1. Power Source: Lightning or Electrical
  2. Voltage: Low (lower than 1,000 volts) or High (higher than 1,000 volts)
  3. Type of Current: Alternating current (AC) or Direct current (DC)

When electricity comes into contact with a person, the electrical current flows throughout the person’s body through the path of least resistance. The electrical current flows through the victim’s soft tissues (skin, fat, muscle) and internal organs. The longer the electricity runs through the victim’s body, the more damage it causes and the higher the risk for permanent serious injuries and death. Low voltage currents of electricity can kill a person by interrupting the rhythm of his/her heart. The human heart beats due to an internal electrical impulse. If AC is introduced to a person’s body, it can interfere with the heart’s natural internal electrical impulse and cause the heart to skip a beat or go into an arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm). Low-level electrocutions can result in death without any external evidence of injury.

High-voltage currents of electricity can cause death instantaneously as the electricity enters the victim’s body and then tries to leave the body again by following the shortest path to the ground. High-voltage electrocutions can cause the heart to stop beating instantaneously. High-voltage DC can cause a large single muscle contraction that can throw the victim away from the electrical source, causing only a brief contact with the electrical source flow. High-voltage AC can be more dangerous because the exposure to the electrical source flow can be longer.

Causes of Electrocution Accidents

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Electrocution accidents can happen on a job site or in a home in your neighborhood. Most electrical injuries to adults occur in work-related settings, whereas most electrical injuries to children occur in home settings. Most electrocution accidents are preventable and are usually caused by the negligence of another party.

Electrocution Accidents at Home

Improper wiring and defective household appliances can cause electric shock and electrocution accidents in homes and other public places. Electric wires that are poorly insulated or exposed can be extremely hazardous, especially to children who can be seriously injured even from low voltage electrical shocks. In addition, household products (e.g., kitchen appliances, hair dryers, power tools, and other electronics) can also pose a dangerous risk for electric shock and electrocution injuries. In fact, thousands of household products have been recalled over the years for that very reason.

Premises Liability

When an electrocution accident occurs on anther person’s property, the legal theory of premises liability may apply. A property owner may be held responsible for injuries that occur as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on their property that the property owner knew or should have known about. The property owner has a duty to take reasonable precautions to ensure his/her property is safe. If the property owner fails to take reasonable precautions to keep the property safe from a dangerous or hazardous condition and a person is electrocuted on the property as a result of that condition, the property owner may be held responsible for all injuries that occurred from the electrocution.

Product Liability

If a defective product causes an electrocution accident, the legal theory of product liability may apply to hold the manufacturer or designer of the product liable for any injuries sustained. The product may be defective in its design, manufacturing, or marketing.

  • Design Defects: the actual design of the product is defective even before the product is made;
  • Manufacturing Defects: the design of the product may be safe, but defects occurred when the product was being manufactured;
  • Marketing Defects: there were defects in the marketing of the product for its intended use, such as inadequate warnings.

Electrocution Injuries and Compensation

Electrocution Injuries and Compensation

On the surface, electrocution injuries can often seem minor. In fact, sometimes the injury may be undetectable to the naked eye. The  injury from an electrocution depends on the voltage, current, pathway, duration of contact, and the type of circuit. The strength and duration of contact the electrocution victim has with the electrical source largely influences the severity of the injuries and the extent of tissue damage. Injuries may include:

  • Cardiovascular injury
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Burns to skin, soft tissues, and/or body organs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Fractures
  • Necessity for amputation
  • Physical deformity
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Injuries to the eyes
  • Psychiatric problems from depression to aggressive behavior
  • Death

Often, electrocution and electric shock accidents result in permanent, life-altering injuries that require expensive, long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation. When someone is seriously injured from an electrocution accident, the victim and his/her family may recover damages to compensate them for their injuries. These damages may include:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of household services
  • Assistive devices and transportation
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Inability to perform certain functions
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral and burial expenses

The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas will put together a team of highly qualified and experienced expert witnesses who will work hard to prove the facts of your case. In addition, his team of experts will put together a comprehensive life plan for your future. Mr. Vargas and his experts will fight for you and obtain the highest settlement possible to compensate you for all of your injuries and damages.

Free Consultation!

If you or a loved one has suffered en electrocution injury due to the negligence of another, the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas can help. Mr. Vargas has the skill, expertise, and experience necessary to successfully litigate your electrocution injury case.

In addition, Attorney Vargas has a team of experts that will work with him to prove your injuries and damages in order to fight the insurance companies and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. During your free consultation, Mr. Vargas will personally discuss the facts of your case, review the details about your injuries, and advise you about your rights.

Since 1987, California Electrocution Injury Attorney Fernando D. Vargas has successfully litigated thousands of personal injury accident cases including electrocution injury claims throughout the Inland Empire and the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino with an emphasis in the cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Fontana, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

No Recovery, No Fee!

Electrocution injury cases can be expensive to litigate. However, the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is located in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, takes all of the firm’s electrocution injury cases on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that you will pay nothing up front and Mr. Vargas will advance all money necessary to prepare your case for either settlement or trial. If Mr. Vargas is unsuccessful in resolving your case, you pay absolutely nothing. The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is fully staffed with bi-lingual personnel that are fluent in Spanish, has successfully championed the rights of personal injury victims by wining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients since its foundation in 1995.

If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution claim, it is vital that you consult with a reputable and experienced California Electrocution Injury Trial Lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909 / 982-0707 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.