Electrocution or electric shock can result in numerous types of injuries, including burns, brain damage, personality changes, cardiac arrest, deformity, memory loss, seizures, renal failure, and respiratory failure. The lungs and heart are not designed to handle large electrical currents. Electrocution can also affect the central nervous system and spinal cord. Electric shock occurs when electrical current is conducted through someone’s body, often due to someone else’s negligence. If you suffer electric shock on another party’s property in Dallas or the surrounding area, the premises liability lawyers at Feizy Law Office may be able to assist you in pursuing damages.Bringing a Claim against a Negligent Property Owner for Electric Shock
Electric shocks can happen because of discarded electrical cables, broken circuits, faulty electrical wiring, accidental contact between metal and a current, and unsafe electrical equipment.
Your ability to recover damages after this type of incident would depend in part on your status on the property. Landowners owe a higher degree of care to "invitees." These are people invited to be on the land in order to participate in business dealings that are mutually beneficial to the owner and the visitor. For example, if you are a customer at a shopping mall, you are an invitee of the mall or a particular store. The invitation onto the property implies that the landowner has taken reasonable steps to make the property safe for visitors.
Landowners owe invitees the duty to use reasonable care to protect them from dangers of which the owner is aware or should be aware after conducting reasonable inspections. A store that fails to repair a broken circuit can potentially be held liable to a customer who visits and suffers an electric shock. The landowner must either repair to make a dangerous condition safe or post warning signs.
Lesser duties are owed to licensees and trespassers in Texas. Licensees are those who come onto a piece of property for their own benefit or convenience with implied or express permission. A landowner owes a duty to licensees to warn them of concealed dangers that they know about. However, they do not owe a duty to warn or repair if a licensee already knows about the danger of electric shock. Trespassers are those who come onto property without permission for their own purposes. There are some exceptions, such as trespassing children attracted by a dangerous condition, but for the most part, the landowner only owes the duty to not hurt the trespasser willfully or wantonly.
Electric shock injuries range from mild to catastrophic. If you suffer electric shock as an invitee, you would need to prove that the landowner knew or should have known about the risk and failed to provide warnings. A plaintiff who can establish the landowner's actual or constructive knowledge may be able to recover many forms of compensatory damages, including medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. In some cases, a spouse may be able to recover loss of consortium damages.Discuss Your Injury Case with a Dallas Lawyer
If you are harmed on another party’s property because of an electric shock, you should consult an experienced injury attorney at Feizy Law Office. We can help Dallas residents and others seek to prove that a property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or contact us via our online form to arrange a free consultation. We also represent people in Fort Worth, Garland, Plano, Arlington, and Irving, among other Texas cities.