UNDERSTANDING ELECTRICAL BURN INJURY LAWSUITS

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Fighting for Justice After an Electrical Burn Injury

Sustaining an electrical burn can result in excruciating pain, permanent disfigurement, steep medical bills, and lost wages. In some cases, electrical injuries might even lead to death. The Electrical Safety Foundation (ESFI) estimates that about six percent of all worker deaths are because of workplace electrical accidents, 70% of which happen in non-electrical occupations.

If you have a burn injury or you lost someone to a burn injury that occurred due to another party’s negligence or a defective product, you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. However, it’s essential to understand how these claims work to increase your chances of getting a fair settlement.

At Dressie Law Firm, our seasoned burn injury lawyers have a proven track record fighting aggressively to help electrical burn victims in Georgia get maximum compensation for their suffering. This guide provides an overview of electrical burns and how an experienced Atlanta burn accident lawyer can help you seek justice after this traumatic event.

    Understanding Electrical Burns

    Electrical burns result from electric current passing through the body, immediately causing severe tissue damage. Unlike thermal burns, electrical burns also cause internal harm by burning nerve endings and blood vessels from the inside out.

    Electrical shock and burn injuries can occur for several reasons. However, the following are some common scenarios:

    • Defective electrical wires, breakers, transformers, or power tools

    • Poor electrical system maintenance or overloaded circuits

    • Employer failure to provide proper safety equipment and follow regulations

    • Electrical company negligence, such as allowing unsafe public power installations

    • Manufacturers marketing defective consumer products

    The Impact of Electrical Burns

    Even after initial emergency medical intervention, electrical burn patients battle grueling, painful, and debilitating recoveries. 

    According to a study, burn injury victims with second and third-degree burns experience a significant decline in their quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these individuals, especially those with third and fourth-degree burns, are unable to regain their pre-injury life.

    Amongst other things, many of these burn injury victims have to deal with difficulties often entailing:

    • Repeated grafting and scar tissue surgeries

    • Permanent disfigurement and loss of normal body functions

    • Chronic, incurable neuropathic nerve pain

    • Severe susceptibility to infection and seizures

    • Vision/hearing loss and cardiovascular collapse

    • PTSD, depression, and suicide risk

    Such catastrophic injury sequences impose a devastating emotional and physical burden. They also generate enormous healthcare expenses from initial ICU treatment through rehabilitation and lifelong disability care in some cases.

    Experienced legal representation can help burn injury survivors recover compensation to access restorative medical resources.

    The Different Degrees of Electrical Burns

    Electrical burns can range from minor injuries to life-threatening conditions depending on the intensity and duration of electric current exposure. There are three degrees of electrical burns:

    • First-degree burns: These are relatively mild, affecting only the outer layer of skin (epidermis). They cause redness, minor pain, and swelling.
    • Second-degree burns: These are more serious and involve deeper layers of the skin (dermis). They cause severe pain, blistering, and possible scarring.
    • Third-degree burns: These are the most severe type of electrical burns. They damage all skin layers and can even extend to underlying tissues, muscles, and bones. They may not cause much pain because the nerves in the affected area are destroyed.

     

    Legal Aspects of Electrical Burn Injuries

    In personal injury law, liability lies with whoever acts negligently or fails to uphold a reasonable duty of care. Parties that may be found liable for electrical burns often include:

    • Employers: If the burn injury occurred due to a violation of OSHA or state electrical safety regulations, employers may be sued for workplace injuries.
    • Government agencies: Local governments may be liable for severe electrical burns from unsafe wiring, overhead power lines, transformers, traffic signals, public transit systems, or streetlights.
    • Property owners: Homeowners, landlords, hotels, amusement parks, and retailers must properly maintain buildings and facilities. Failure to do so can make them liable for any injuries sustained by visitors or customers.
    • Manufacturers and distributors: Companies can be sued if defective products, such as malfunctioning electronics, power tools, or appliances, cause electrical burns.

    Key Legal Principles

    Victims in Georgia should be aware of several fundamental legal principles governing personal injury cases. These include:

    Workers’ Compensation:

    In Georgia, employees who suffer injuries or illnesses while performing their duties are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, workers’ comp bars eligible employees from suing their employers for damages related to their workplace injuries, except in cases of intentional harm.

    Modified Comparative Negligence:

    Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that if a victim is partially at fault for their injuries, their compensation may be reduced by their percentage of fault. However, if the victim is found to be 49% or more responsible for the accident, they may be barred from recovering any damages.

    Negligence Elements: 

    To prove negligence in a personal injury case, the victim must establish four elements: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The defendant must have owed a duty of care to the victim, breached that duty through negligent actions or omissions, directly caused the victim’s injuries, and resulted in compensable damages.

    Damages Caps:

    In Georgia, personal injury victims may seek various damages, including economic damages (such as medical expenses and lost wages) and non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium). There is no cap on most types of damages in Georgia, except for punitive damages, which are limited to $250,000 in most cases.

    Steps in Filing an Electrical Burn Injury Lawsuit

    The process of filing a civil lawsuit seeks accountability after electrical burns but also represents its complex journey, often unfamiliar to construction workers. An experienced burn injury lawyer guiding each phase brings confidence and clarity for the most favorable outcome.

    Key steps include:

    • Initial Consultation – Meet with an electrical burn attorney to evaluate the situation, damages, and liability theories against negligent parties. Provide background facts for assessment.

    • Investigation – The attorney investigates the accident through approaches like witness interviews, records review, and expert inspections to discover the incident’s causes and details. 

    • Filing Complaint & Discovery – The attorney drafts and files a complaint outlining negligence counts once viable defendants are identified. Legal teams exchange relevant case documents and information.

    • Settlement Negotiations – The attorney negotiates with defendants, backed by evidence and arguments on their liability. Many successfully settle on favorable terms at this stage.

    • Trial Preparations – If settling talks stall, your attorney builds a strong burn injury case file, including trial strategy, exhibits, motions, and witness preparation. 

    • Trial or Resolution – On courthouse steps or during the trial, negotiations often reignite to avoid unfavorable verdicts. Ideally, this process ends in resolution with rightful compensation secured through skillful legal advocacy.

    Gathering Evidence

    Winning electrical injury lawsuits hinges on compelling evidence such as the following:

    • Medical records quantify immediate harm and lifetime care needs, validating higher damages. 

    • Professional testimony independently links injuries to the accident and showcases the injury’s severity. 

    • Accident analysis reports, investigation reports by relevant authorities, witness statements, and equipment inspections reveal negligent safety violations.

    Together, these pieces of evidence can show the incident could have been prevented, identify who was responsible, and document the total costs to the victim. 

    Types of Damages in Electrical Burn Cases

    Monetary compensation won through injury lawsuits aims to restore victims’ quality of life lost to negligence. Under Georgia tort law, there are two main types of damages in personal injury cases, such as in electrical accidents: compensatory and punitive

    Compensatory damages compensate injury victims for actual losses suffered, both immediate and into the future, including medical costs, lost income, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, scarring/disfigurement, and other harms. 

    Punitive damages, on top of losses, allow victims to pursue additional “punishment” damages from defendants in cases of proven willful misconduct or gross negligence.

    How Burn Injury Compensation Is Calculated

    Many factors shape compensation amounts in electrical burn cases, including:

    • Medical Expenses – Current and future care costs, such as hospitalizations, medications, surgeries, therapies, assistive equipment
    • Lost Income – Wages lost to date and reduced future earnings due to lasting disabilities 
    • Pain and Suffering – Compensation for emotional pain and discomfort caused by disfigurements and disabilities

    Georgia courts and juries decide appropriate compensation based on unique case circumstances. Dressie Law Firm has negotiated multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for personal injury victims across Georgia. We may be able to help you recover fair compensation.

    Seek Justice With the Dressie Law Firm 

    Sustaining a severe electrical burn injury can permanently damage health, mobility, and quality of life. Victims can legally pursue financial damages covering all resultant losses when such harm stems from negligence. Knowledgeable attorneys facilitate complex litigation to secure rightful restitution.

    Here at Dressie Law Firm, we have over 20 years of experience helping personal injury victims in Atlanta get results, including multi-million settlements. We combine legal experience with compassionate support at every step toward maximum compensation. Trust our extensive experience guiding your journey.

    Contact Dressie Law Firm for a free consultation if you suffered electrical burn injuries. Our legal specialists stand ready to evaluate your situation and build an aggressive case strategy to recover damages for medical bills, lost income, pain, and disrupted dreams.

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