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Electrical Accidents/Electrocution Accidents Lawyer

Electrical or electrocution accidents may happen when you come in contact with electrical sources, such as overloading power outlets, household wiring, and faulty machinery. Depending on your skin’s wetness, your body size, and other factors, these accidents can cause various injuries and trauma, including burns, disfigurement, neurological damage, and memory loss.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by an electrical or electrocution accident, contact Crain Brogdon, LLP Dallas personal injury lawyers today. Aggressive and experienced, our attorneys are widely recognized for their courtroom talents. To get started, just tell us about your case, and we will give you informed legal advice and fight for your rights. We will settle for nothing less than what you deserve.

What Are Electrical and Electrocution Accidents?

Electrical and electrocution accidents happen when you come into contact with electrical sources. Although many people use the terms “electrical” and “electrocution” interchangeably, they are slightly different. Electrical injuries involve electrical harm but do not cause death. Meanwhile, electrocution accidents result in death.

Electrical and electrocution accidents can happen when you come into contact with:

  • Faulty machinery and electrical appliances
  • Household wiring
  • Electrical power lines
  • Downed power lines
  • Damaged or frayed cords
  • Overloading power outlets
  • Electrical devices in a bathtub or pool.

The severity of electrical and electrocution injuries depends on several factors, including:

  • Gender
  • Body size
  • Current intensity
  • Skin wetness
  • Length of sustained contact with the current
  • Body area through which the current passes.

Types of Electrical Accidents

There are four main types of electrical accidents:

  1. Flash: These injuries are caused by an arc flash, a phenomenon where an electric current flashover strays from its intended path and travels through different conductors in the air. Arc flashes can be caused by various things, including condensation, faulty installation, material failure, dropping tools, and dust. Flash accidents are usually associated with superficial burns, since the electrical currents rarely travel past the skin.
  2. Flame: These injuries happen when an arc flash ignites your clothes. They are usually more severe than flash injuries because they often pass through the skin.
  3. Lightning: Lighting electrical injuries involve extremely short but high-voltage electric energy. They usually happen when an electrical current flows through your entire body.
  4. True:True electrical injuries happen when you become part of an electrical circuit.

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What Kind of Injuries Do Electrical and Electrocution Accidents Cause?

Electrical and electrocution accidents can cause a range of injuries, including:

Neurological and Nerve Injury

When electric currents pass from one body part to another, your neurological system can sustain severe damage. Being struck by electric currents can also cause you to fall, which can cause head, spine, and neurological damage.

Neurological and nerve injury can lead to memory loss, hearing loss, vision loss, and other long-term problems that can put you out of work.

Heart Damage

The heart pumps using electrical pulses. Accordingly, electric shock can mask or disrupt these pulses, causing cardiac arrest or irregular heartbeat rhythm.

Kidney Damage

Electrical injuries can cause acute kidney injuries that require multiple surgeries, lengthy rehabilitation, and critical care.

Burns

Electrical injuries often cause burns. If a high-voltage electric current is involved, the shock can cause severe burns. Electrical accidents can also set your clothes on fire, causing thermal burns.

In both cases, burns can be classified as:

  • First degree: First-degree or superficial burns affect only the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. The burn site typically appears red, dry, painful, and with no blisters. Most first-degree burns can heal with at-home treatments.
  • Second-degree: This burn type affects the epidermis and the second layer of skin. It can cause swelling and splotchy, red, or white skin. Like first-degree burns, second-degree burns can heal with at-home treatments.
  • Third-degree: Third-degree burns extend into the fat layer beneath your skin. As a result, your skin may appear waxy white, stiff, tan, or leathery. Unlike first and second-degree burns, third-degree burns require specialized medical care. In severe cases, you may require skin grafts for wound closure.
  • Fourth-degree: These are the most severe types of burns. They appear black and charred and typically affect all skin layers. They may also affect tendons, muscles, and bones. Fourth-degree burns require intensive treatments, such as intravenous (IV) antibiotics, IV fluids, skin grafts, and synthetic skin.

Bone Fractures

Severe electrical injuries can cause long bone fractures, joint dislocations, cervical spine fractures, and ossification (hardening) of soft tissues.

Amputation

Electrical injuries that cause significant damage to the skin and deeper issues may result in amputations.

Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is when the burned area begins to swell. The swelling restricts blood flow to the burned area, potentially damaging nearby nerves and muscles. Compartment syndrome typically occurs in the hands, legs, arms, and feet, but can happen wherever there’s an enclosed section of the body.

Psychological Effects

Electrical injuries and complications can be painful and stressful to treat. As a result, you may develop anxiety, phobias, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Death

Electrical injuries cause around 1,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Of these, around 400 are caused by high-voltage electrocution injuries, and 50 to 300 are caused by lightning.

What We Can Do For You

After a traumatic electrical accident, Crain Brogdon, LLP‘s experienced Dallas electrical accident lawyers can help you get your life back together. Specifically, we will:

  1. Analyze your case: We will look at your case to see if we can file a lawsuit against the employers, individuals, employees, property owners, and government workers responsible for your losses.
  2. Gather evidence: We will also help you gather and preserve evidence to support your claims. Examples include photos, videos, and physical evidence like torn clothing.
  3. Handle all communications on your behalf: Additionally, we will handle all communications so you can focus on recovering.
  4. Fight for your rights: Finally, we will fight to maximize the amount you deserve. As seasoned negotiators, we won’t settle for insurance providers’ attempts to limit your benefits.

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What Are My Options For Recovering Compensation?

Depending on how you got injured, you may be able to pursue one or more of the following legal options to recover compensation:

  • Filing workers’ compensation claims: If you or a loved one suffered electrical injuries at work or performing work for a company, you can seek justice through a workers’ compensation claim. While these claims don’t provide for pain and suffering, they do provide compensation for medical treatment, lost income, and survivors’ benefits.
  • Filing private lawsuits: If you didn’t get injured at work or in a business, you may be able to sue an individual or company privately. For example, if you suffered electrical injuries while visiting an apartment complex, you can sue the property owner for failing to protect you.
  • Suing a utility company: If a utility company’s negligence or malfunctioning equipment exposed you to electrical issues that caused your injuries, you should hire a lawyer to determine if you have a valid claim against the economy.
  • Suing the city government: Electric shock accidents are sometimes caused by the city government’s negligence. If that’s the case, you can sue the city government for your injuries.
  • Filing wrongful death claims: Lastly, if a family member was killed by electrocution, you and other surviving family members may have a valid wrongful death lawsuit. Under Texas law, the deceased person’s surviving spouse, parents, and children can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

What Compensation Can I Expect After an Electrical Injury in Dallas, Texas?

The compensation you get depends on the severity of your injuries and your contribution, if any, to the events that caused the accident.

Generally speaking, there are two types of damages you can expect from electrical injury lawsuits: special damages and general damages. Also called economic or consequential damages, special damages compensate you for monetary losses. Common examples include:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Loss of earnings and wages
  • Property damage
  • Future lost earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket expenses.

Special damages usually have a set dollar value assigned to them, so they are usually easy to calculate. For instance, if you were hurt by a faulty machine and had to undergo medical treatment for burns and kidney damage, you can estimate the cost of this treatment by simply adding up your medical bills.

In contrast, general or non-economic damages compensate you for non-monetary losses. Examples include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Disfigurement.

General damages are much more subjective than special damages. As such, they are harder to calculate than special damages.

That’s where Crain Brogdon, LLP‘s experienced Dallas electrocution injury attorneys come in. After analyzing your case, we will collaborate with expert witnesses to convince the judge and jury that you deserve general damages.

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Can I Seek Compensation If I’m Partially Liable?

It depends on how much you’re at fault.

Texas follows a modified comparative negligence statute that allows partially liable victims to pursue their claims. However, their awards will be reduced according to their percentage of culpability. Unfortunately, victims who are more than 50% at fault will not be able to seek compensation for their losses.

Your lawyer can determine whether you’re partially liable for your injuries and how your claim will be affected based on your liability.

What’s the Deadline For Filing a Dallas Electrocution Lawsuit?

Under Texas law, you only have two years from the accident date to file your claim. Once this time frame expires, you will no longer have the right to file a lawsuit for your accident.

Why Choose Us

Crain Brogdon, LLP Dallas personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping clients in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. Tactful and reputable, our attorneys are widely known for providing top-notch legal and customer service.

Interested in getting started? Just give us a call. We will then analyze your case, guide you through the legal process, and fight for your rights in court. We boast a skilled team of legal professionals and lawyers, including:

Rob Crain, Partner

Attorney Rob Crain is a nationally renowned personal injury and electrocution accident lawyer. He graduated from the University of Texas with high honors and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Soon after, he started working as a lawyer at a personal injury defense firm. He then opened his own firm and started recruiting a team of personal injury professionals who now form Crain Brogdon, LLP.

Rob is passionate about defending victims’ rights. To date, he has obtained some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in the U.S., including a verdict awarded to parents of a child death and negligence case.

As a respected lawyer, Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been included in various “Best Lawyers” lists, including:

  • U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America
  • Texas Monthly
  • D Magazine.

Additionally, Rob is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which means that fellow legal professionals and lawyers have rated him highly for his legal skill and ethical practice.

Besides personal injury, Rob’s areas of practice include:

  • Wrongful death
  • Product defects
  • Civil law plaintiff cases.

Quentin Brogdon, Partner

Attorney Quentin Brogdon boasts over 30 years of experience in the field of personal injury law. He is board certified in civil trial and personal injury advocacy. Like Rob, Quentin has many awards and honors, including:

  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (Texas Monthly)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (D Magazine)
  • Top 100 Texas Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers)
  • 500 Plaintiffs’ Consumer Lawyers in America (Lawdragon Magazine).

Quentin has also received an AV® Martindale-Hubbell rating, which means that his peers have rated him highly for his legal expertise, ethical standards, and communication skills.

Contact Crain Brogdon, LLP For a Free Consultation Today

An electrical accident can change your life forever. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may no longer be able to work or enjoy life. You may also suffer from PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Fortunately, Crain Brogdon, LLP’s team of electrical injury lawyers is here to help. Reliable, well-connected, and compassionate, we will help you . . .

  • File all of your paperwork on time
  • Gather evidence, including expert witnesses
  • Advance your case in court.

Crain Brogdon, LLP serves clients throughout Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. Fill in our online form or call us at (214) 522-9404 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Attorney Robert D. Crain

Robert D. Crain is a nationally renowned personal injury attorney who has been included in lists such as U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America. Additional publications often include Rob on their “Best Lawyers” lists, including Texas Monthly and D Magazine. As a testament to his excellence, he is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. [ Attorney Bio ]

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