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Electrocution and Electrical Contact Accidents in Florida

april-textures-1179831Electrocution and electrical contact accidents can often be avoided. Unfortunately, many of these types of accidents are a result of the negligent installation or maintenance of power lines. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an electrocution or electrical contact accident, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their harm.

Electrical shocks take place when an individual comes into contact with a live electrical current. In some cases, the results can be minor discomfort with no long-lasting damage, while in other instances the shock can cause serious nerve damage, burns, or even a spinal cord injury.

Electrical accidents are often caused by a failure to enforce safety regulations, negligent maintenance, downed power lines, sagging power lines, or exposed electrical cords. Many times, the harm could have been avoided if the property owner had taken reasonable care to prevent or fix the hazardous condition. In order to hold a property owner responsible for injuries, a plaintiff must demonstrate the following elements:

  • The plaintiff was owed a duty of care on the property, based on his or her visitor status;
  • The property owner breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff;
  • The plaintiff was injured as a result of the property owner’s breach; and
  • The plaintiff sustained quantifiable damages as a result.

Property owners in Florida have a legal obligation to take reasonable care to protect individuals who enter their land. The exact duty owed to a visitor depends on the status of the visitor. A visitor can be classified in one of three ways:  an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser. An invitee is someone who enters the land for business purposes and is owed the highest duty of care. A property owner must warn invitees of any dangers on the land. A licensee is someone who enters the land for a social purpose, such as a party guest. A property owner must warn a licensee of any known or latent risks. A trespasser is owed no duty of care other than refraining from causing affirmative harm, except in limited situations involving children in which a more stringent duty may be imposed.

If liability can be established, the injured individual may be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. The exact amount of damages will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered.

Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is never easy. If you or your loved one has suffered harm in an electrocution or electrical contact accident, it is imperative to seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Our tenacious Miami premises liability attorneys are well versed in this area of law and can help you seek the compensation and justice you deserve. We can assess the details of your situation and create a legal strategy for your case. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida. For more information, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.

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