Electrical accidents and injuries from electric shock can be severe, causing muscle damage and burns, or in some cases even death. At The Cassisi Law Firm, our Queens premises liability attorneys provide representation to people hurt by the careless actions of others. In some cases, victims suffer not only from the electrocution but also from an ensuing fall due to receiving an electric shock. For over 30 years, our attorneys have guided injured individuals through the legal process of pursuing compensation for their harm.Holding Property Owners Accountable for Electric Shock
Electrical injuries that occur in a business or home may be due to the negligence of the property owner. If the owner maintains faulty equipment or does not properly enclose wires, necessary safety measures were not upheld. New York law provides that property owners are required to maintain their premises free from dangerous conditions, including the danger posed by electric shock. Failing to address a hazard posed by electrical injuries may subject a property owner to liability in a negligence claim based on a theory of premises liability.
Negligence is a theory of law that holds individuals and entities accountable for their failure to act as a reasonable person would have acted. If a property owner knew of the dangers posed by exposed wires and did not fix the problem, the court may deem this to be unreasonable behavior. Likewise, victims must exercise reasonable care when lawfully visiting a residence or business. If they know of and disregard a danger, they may be barred from recovering compensation for their injuries. However, New York does recognize the principle of comparative negligence for victims who are partially at fault. They still may be able to receive a reduced amount of damages.
To show that a property owner was negligent in failing to properly maintain the premises where an accident happened, a victim must prove the elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages. To show a breach of the duty of care, the victim must demonstrate that the property owner knew of a danger and refrained from repairing the condition or posting warnings about it.
Next, the victim would show that this breach directly caused their injuries. Perhaps the property owner stacked unenclosed electrical wires behind a display in a store, and the victim first suffered shock from accidental exposure to the wires, and then fell and sustained severe harm. The failure to address the hazards posed by the presence of these wires likely directly caused the victim’s injuries, which would not have happened if not for the defendant’s carelessness. Finally, the victim must be able to present evidence of quantifiable damages.
In a personal injury lawsuit following electric shock, the victim may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Hospital bills and lost wages for work would be common examples of objective costs. More subjective damages such as pain and suffering may also be compensable.Explore Your Options with a Premises Liability Attorney in Queens
The Queens premises liability lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm understand the intense aftermath of a serious injury. Victims who have been involved in accidents can come to our injury attorneys to receive personal attention and legal representation for their claims. We also represent people throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Call our office at (718) 441-5050 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation.