Property Owner Liability for Electrocution Accidents in Texas
An electric shock can occur anytime a person comes into contact with a live electrical current. Most cases of electrocution are due to human error; however, faulty electrical wiring and other electrical system or component defects can and do lead to numerous electrocution injuries and deaths each year. Sometimes, unsafe property or working conditions also contribute to or cause these tragedies.
At Kelley Law Firm, we represent injured individuals and families who have lost loved ones due to the carelessness, recklessness, and wrongful conduct of others. If you or someone you love was electrocuted due to unsafe conditions, defective products, or another person or party’s negligence, reach out to our team today to learn how we can help. To date, we have recovered more than half a billion dollars in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to aggressively fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Contact our Dallas electrocution attorneys at (972) 853-5398 for a free consultation.
Electrocution is a type of injury caused by electric shock. Electric shock refers to electricity traveling through the body due to contact with any source of electricity. If severe enough, electrocution can be fatal.
Most electrocution accidents involve workers who are electrocuted on the job, and most are the result of human error. However, electrocution accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Children are especially at risk of electrocution injuries and deaths when dangerous or defective conditions are present.
Some of the most common causes of electrocution include:
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Improperly covered electrical sockets
- Lack of proper insulation
- Safety standard violations, including OSHA violations
- Building code violations
- Missing safety gears for workers
- Direct contact with energized equipment
- Improper installation of electrical systems
- Damaged or faulty electrical equipment
- Failure to conduct routine maintenance
- Improper repairs to electrical systems or equipment
At Kelley Law Firm, we review all available evidence to determine exactly how an electrocution accident occurred and, most importantly, who may be liable for the victim’s resulting damages. If someone dies as a result of electrocution, and another party is legally responsible, our Dallas electrocution attorneys can help eligible surviving individuals file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable entity.
Can You Sue If You Are Electrocuted on Someone Else’s Property?
If you or someone you love was electrocuted on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to take legal action under Texas’s premises liability statute. To have grounds for a lawsuit against a property owner, however, there are several things you must be able to prove.
In most cases, you will need to prove each of the following elements to sue a property owner after an electrocution accident:
- You were lawfully on the property when the incident occurred
- The electrocution accident was the result of a dangerous or defective condition
- The property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous or defective condition
- The property owner failed to take reasonable measures to repair, remove, or warn of the dangerous or defective condition
- The dangerous or defective condition was not so open and obvious that you could have taken reasonable measures to avoid it
- You were not at fault for the accident, or, if you are partly at fault, your percentage of fault does not exceed 50%
- You sustained injuries and/or measurable damages as a result of the electrocution accident
For example, if you were electrocuted after coming into contact with exposed electrical wiring on someone else’s property, and there was no warning sign alerting you to the potential danger, you could have a case. You would still need to prove that the property owner knew about the exposed electrical wiring (or should have known about it) and did not take reasonable steps to remove or repair it. You will also need to prove that you were legally allowed to be on the property when the accident occurred, meaning you were not trespassing when you were electrocuted.
Our attorneys build powerful cases on behalf of their clients. By utilizing the unique skillset of each member of our team, as well as the full resources of our firm, we are able to develop innovative legal strategies and pursue the maximum compensation our clients are owed.
Some electrocutions result from defective products and equipment. When this is the case, injured individuals or the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed may be entitled to file claims against liable manufacturers or other entities responsible for the creation or distribution of those defective items.
If a worker is injured or killed due to defective electrical equipment, the worker or their family may be able to bring a third-party personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the liable manufacturer or distributor in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. Those who are injured in electrocution jobs while not on the job may also have grounds for a third-party claim. Depending on the details of the situation, it may be appropriate to file a single-plaintiff claim or mass tort/class action lawsuit against the liable party. Our Dallas electrocution injury attorneys at Kelley Law Firm can review your potential case and advise you regarding your specific options.
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Our team understands the immense physical, emotional, and financial effects electrocution has on victims and their families. Our attorneys are dedicated to maximizing the value of your claim, allowing you to seek the fair financial resources you need to heal and move forward with your life. At Kelley Law Firm, we aggressively pursue maximum compensation for our clients, even when that means taking cases to court.
If you or someone you love was electrocuted, leading to serious injury or death, reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help you fight for the justice you deserve. We offer free initial consultations, and there are no legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not owe a dime.
Learn more by contacting us online or calling (972) 853-5398.