Los Angeles Electrocution Lawyer
Representation from a Machinery Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
Have you suffered electric shock at work? Or have you lost a loved one to workplace electrocution? There is a way to find justice.
Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation wants to guide you down the path to recovery. Having spent thousands of hours working with clients, we understand that no amount of money can truly pay you back. It can, however, help you come to terms with the accident and leave it behind. Our team of award-winning attorneys is here to help you through the legal process from start to finish. We share over 35 years of experience in holding parties, companies, and corporations liable after their unfair practices result in serious or fatal injury.
Call (866) 884-1717 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a Los Angeles electrocution lawyer.
Electric Shock vs. Electrocution
First, it is important to note that electric shock and electrocution are two different things.
Electric shock is when a current of electricity passes through the body. When this results in a non-fatal injury, it is called an “electric shock injury.” When it results in death, the event is referred to as an “electrocution.” In short, electric shock injuries and electrocution are both rooted in contact with an electrical current (electric shock), but they have different outcomes (non-fatal injury versus fatal injury).
Common Causes of Electric Shock at Work
Electric shock may occur if a worker plugs in a machine with a worn plug or exposed wire. The current may come into contact with the worker and flow through them. If the worker is standing in water while operating machinery, the current may travel from the machine's wire through the water and to the worker.
Regardless of the cause of the electric shock, those directly impacted are advised to contact a Los Angeles lawyer to learn their rights. You may be compensated for your and your loved one’s lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other losses/damages.
Can You Sue Your Employer for Being Electrocuted at Work?
Injured workers cannot sue an employer for their workplace injuries—that’s the law. Instead, they must look to workers’ compensation insurance. A lawsuit can only be filed against an employer if they are guilty of intentional misconduct.
Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance policy that provides injured workers with compensation for medical bills and a benefit for living expenses. If the worker has suffered permanent injury, a lump sum is often paid out to benefit the worker. Sadly, however, these benefits hardly compensate for a serious injury, let alone a fatal one.
At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our electric shock and electrocution lawyers are skilled in expediting the workers’ comp process.
Third-Party Lawsuits for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
When an electric shock injury was caused by a party other than the employer, the injured worker may have the option to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Those bereft of their loved ones by electrocution may likewise have the option to file a third-party wrongful death lawsuit.
In these cases, it may be advantageous to pursue a third-party claim in the courts, because you can seek compensation for pain and suffering. Such non-economic damages are typically excluded from workers’ comp.
A third-party claim could be leveled at a manufacturer that sold a machine with defective wiring or plugs. A manufacturer may also be held responsible for the failure to warn against using the machine while in water. Should the machine belong to another company other than the employer, a claim for negligence may be brought against the other company for poor maintenance of the machine wiring.
Finally, the employer may be liable for intentional misconduct if in willful non-compliance with a Cal/OSHA order to fix the wiring of the machine.
Work with an Industrial Machinery Accident Attorney
The legal team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation represents clients hurt by electric shock in the workplace. We will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, then help you find the responsible party. Should you choose to move forward, we will aggressively pursue the claim on your behalf. We aim to recover you all the compensation you need to put this accident in the past.
Contact a Los Angeles electrocution attorney online today for a free consultation.