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Do I Have a Case If I'm Injured In an Electrical Accident?


Electrical accidents can be very serious. They can result in the loss of a limb, severe burns and other catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical care. In some cases, these types of accidents can result in a loss of life. If you've been injured in an accident with electricity, you need to get legal help right away. A lawyer can help you file a claim or an electric shock lawsuit against the person or company responsible for your injuries.

Where do accidents with electricity occur?

Accidents with electricity can happen anywhere -- home, work, school, malls, movie theaters or out on the town -- and they're often caused by faulty equipment or people who don't follow safety procedures.

Do you need a lawyer?

If you are injured in an accident with electricity and you do not feel comfortable handling the situation alone, or if you or a loved one has suffered serious or fatal injuries, then talking to a lawyer is a good idea. Lawyers can help with everything from getting compensation for your injuries to helping ensure your medical bills and lost wages associated with those injuries are paid by the responsible parties.

What damages can you sue for?

You may be able to recover the following types of damages in your case:

  • Medical bills – These are the costs associated with treating your injuries from the accident. These include doctor's visits, medication and hospital stays as well as any equipment used during treatment (like casts or crutches).
  • Lost wages - If it was necessary for you to not only to seek treatment but also miss work because of your injury due to its severity or duration, then this could be considered lost wages. If so, then those hours would need to be calculated into an amount that represents what could have been earned through work during those days/weeks/months off from normal activities such as earning a paycheck every two weeks.
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering

You may have a case for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you are injured in an accident with electricity, there are several ways that you can sue for damages. In addition to medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, there are other types of damages that may be available to you.

What happens when an accident occurs at work?

If you are injured by electricity on the job or at your place of work, then generally your employer may be liable for paying you Workers’ Compensation benefits to pay for your medical expenses and to reimburse you for wages you could not earn because your injuries prevented you from coming back to work. However, depending on your state’s Workers’ Comp laws, you may be prohibited from suing your employer for compensation for your pain and suffering.

That said, most states that impose that restriction will nevertheless allow a worker injured in an accident with electricity to sue a responsible, negligent third party (other than the worker’s employer or a co-worker) for pain and suffering.


If you or a loved one has been injured in an electrical accident, it is important to get legal help right away. An experienced electrocution accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.