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Can I Sue for Damages if I Suffered an Electric Shock?

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McHenry County Personal Injury AttorneyElectric shocks vary in severity. Most people have received a minor shock at one point in their lives. However, some electric shocks cause permanent or fatal damage to the shock victim. If you were injured due to electric shock or your loved one was the victim of a fatal electrocution accident, you may be able to sue for damages through a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit. If the electric shock accident occurred at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

The Consequences of an Electric Shock Accident Can Be Severe

Being shocked can be a painful, traumatic experience. It can also lead to severe injuries. Electric shock can cause heart failure, electric damage to the brain, and terrible burns – both internal and external. Some electric shock victims must have limbs amputated. Others are left with disfiguring scars or loss of sensation for the rest of their lives.

Electric Shock Accidents Caused by Negligence

When used in the legal context, the term “negligence” refers to a breach of duty. Product manufacturers, for example, owe a duty to consumers. They must ensure that their products do not contain defects that could injury or kill someone who uses the product. The companies that design and distribute consumer products also owe a duty of care. Property owners such as apartment landlords are held to a similar standard. They must ensure that their property does not contain unreasonable hazards that could harm tenants or visitors.  

If a party’s negligence leads to an electrocution accident, that party may be liable for damages. The party may have to pay the injured person or the family of the deceased person for lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Work Accidents Involving Electric Shock

Many occupations require workers to work with electricity. If you or a loved one suffered an electric shock at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation covers medical bills and part of the worker’s lost income. If a party other than your employer, such as a contractor or property, is to blame for the accident, you may also be able to sue that party.

Contact a Crystal Lake Electrocution Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered an electric shock, contact the skilled McHenry County personal injury attorneys at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC. Our team understands that an electric shock accident can have severe repercussions for you and your family. We can help you fight to get the compensation you deserve. Call 815-338-3838 for a free, confidential case review.



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