Damaged or exposed electrical wires account for approximately 20% of electrocutions every year. Some of these electrocution accidents occur in retail stores and shopping centers due to faulty installation or poor property maintenance. Our law firm in Atlanta represents consumers and employees who have been injured by electric shock as the result of exposed wiring in retail stores, and can help you obtain compensation for electrocution injuries and damages.Wiring and Electrical Regulations for Retail Stores
As a source of power, electricity is accepted without much thought as to its inherently hazardous nature. Perhaps because it has become such a familiar part of our surroundings, it’s not treated with the care and caution it deserves. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established standards to minimize potential electrical hazards, such as exposed wiring, by specifying safety protocols in the use of electrical equipment and systems.
Under OSHA regulations, lighting equipment, motors, machines, appliances, switches, controls, etc. must be constructed, installed, and maintained to minimize electrical dangers to employees and consumers in retail stores (or any public for that matter). If a store owner or manager fails to protect the public from dangerous electrical wires, the entity or individual may be liable for resulting injuries and damages.Injuries Caused by Electrical Shock
Just as we may not notice sources and conductors of electricity, most people don’t realize serious injury and death can result from contact with even a very small amount of electrical current. (That’s why strict safety rules and standards have been established to protect the average consumer.) In fact, electric current can cause acute trauma, such as severe burns and cardiac arrest, as well as after effects ranging from amputation of extremities to brain damage (memory loss, cognitive impairment), neurological damage (paralysis, numbness, spasms), and heart arrhythmia. High-voltage electric current can be fatal or cause secondary injuries if the shock victim loses consciousness and falls.
Because our electrocution lawyers know people who have suffered an electric shock may continue to experience debilitating symptoms for many years, we work to ensure that our clients get the best medical care possible. And to cover the cost of treatment, we strive for full compensation for losses and ongoing hardships. Our legal team will communicate with family members and professionals to detail the past, present, and future impact of an electric shock injury on the victim, including surgery, burn care, pain management, physical therapy, counseling, lost earnings, vocational rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life.Atlanta Attorneys with Experience Handling a Variety of Premises Liability Cases
If you or a loved one was injured or electrocuted by exposed wiring in a retail store, please contact Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC at 404-460-0101 or 888-426-2100 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our attorneys are prepared to obtain compensation on your behalf, and offer compassionate support throughout your recovery.