Electrical Injuries

New Jersey Electrical Burn Injury Attorneys

Representation for shock injuries caused by electrical appliances, tools and wiring

Accidents involving electricity cause an estimated 1,000 deaths and 3,000 serious burn injuries each year. If you or someone in your family has been injured in an electrical accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the party that caused the accident.

The personal injury team at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, represents victims of electrical accidents in New Jersey. Our lawyers have more than a decade of experience aggressively protecting the rights of injured people, with a track record of successful settlements and verdicts to prove it.

What types of electrical accidents does your firm handle?

Electrical burns and electrocutions often occur on the job, typically on construction and work sites. However, some injuries also occur right at home, often as a result of bad wiring or defective products and appliances. Our experienced attorneys work with injury cases caused by:

  • Defective power tools
  • Improper wiring, badly insulated or improperly grounded wiring
  • Kitchen fires
  • Malfunctioning electronics
  • Water damage causing electrical shorts and fires

We will find out the cause of your damages and losses and work to our utmost to ensure you obtain the financial compensation necessary to heal from your injuries.

What kinds of injuries are caused by electrical accidents in NJ?

Electricity-related accidents can cause significant injuries. Serious injuries from electric shock include:

  • Brain damage
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Death from electrocution
  • Heart attack
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle damage
  • Neurological damage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke
  • Vision, hearing, or speech problems

Additionally, an injury can run from moderate to severe to fatal, depending on the circumstances of the accident, like:

  • Age and health of the individual
  • How quickly the individual receives medical attention
  • Length of time an individual is in contact with the electricity
  • Type of voltage and strength
  • Where and how the current moves through the body

It is crucial to get medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident involving electricity.

What are the four basic types of electrical injuries?

Electrical injuries, burns and electrocutions can happen with both low-voltage and high-voltage shocks (and even lightning), resulting in severe or fatal physical trauma. There are four general types of electrical-related injuries.

  • Flash injuries, which occur when an electrical current passes through the air after an electrical conductor is overloaded. These injuries typically cause damage to the skin, but do not penetrate the tissue.
  • Flame injuries, when an electrical current causes an individual’s clothing or nearby objects to catch fire, causing severe burn injuries.
  • Lightning injuries, although rare, send high voltage electrical currents that cause damage to anything in its path, including people. Lightning can cause fatal injuries or permanent disability.
  • Electrocution, which is when an electrical current passes through a person’s body and causes electrical shocks. Electrocutions are usually fatal. They can cause serious burn injuries, as well as cause a person to fall from high elevations, like ladders or scaffolding.

The New Jersey electrical injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP will investigate the cause of your accident and document your injuries, assisting you with the claim process from start to finish.

Who is liable for my New Jersey electrical accident and injuries?

Sometimes an accident is not really an accident. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages. Examples of negligence in electrical accidents include:

  • Failure to de-energize electrical equipment during maintenance
  • Faulty insulation
  • Improper wiring
  • Loose connections
  • Manufacturers of defective electrical appliances
  • Manufacturers of defective electrical tools
  • Working unsafely near overhead lines
  • Working with electricity around flammable gases or combustible dust

Potential liable parties might include:

  • Electricians or general contractors. Electrical injuries can occur at work or at home due to improper installation and/or failure to follow safety policies. Depending on the circumstances, the injured worker or the injured party may take action against the negligent party.
  • Defective product manufacturers. If a tool, appliance, or other electrically-powered item causes a consumer injury due to a design flaw, the manufacturer may be held liable. This also applies to the supplier, wholesaler, or distributor.
  • Property owners. Under premises liability law, property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe from known hazards. This includes electrical wiring, fuses, and outlets. If an owner fails to repair or maintain wiring on their property and someone suffers injury, they can be held responsible.

What is my electrical burn and injury case worth?

Determining the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled is complicated work, but our New Jersey attorneys understand how to determine the right amount. When you or a loved one suffer injury or harm due to another party’s negligence, you are eligible to seek financial compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills, current and future
  • Loss of wages and future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funeral and burial expenses in the event of wrongful death

Burn injuries often require special medical treatment, like skin grafts and other surgeries, that may last months or years past the initial accident. We work to ensure the entirety of your injuries are taken into consideration when determining the proper amount of compensation, and then we advocate and fight for you.

If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to benefits from Workers’ Compensation regardless of fault. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party (which generally means anyone other than you, your employer or someone who works for your employer), then our New Jersey work injury lawyers can help you obtain additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party that caused your injury. Our attorneys are proud of the many significant recoveries we have won on behalf of victims of negligence.

New Jersey electric shock and electrocution injury lawyers

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to faulty wiring or other electrical accident, the injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are here to help. We serve clients from offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, and are available to represent you in a personal injury or wrongful death litigation matters. Call our experienced NJ personal injury lawyers at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to request a free consultation.