Electrocutions happen more often than most people realize. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrocutions are one of the leading causes of worker death in America, killing 82 construction workers in 2016. Electrocutions at work, at home, and from fallen power lines in Alpharetta can cause serious injury and death. These incidents are almost always preventable with proper care and safety precautions. If you or a loved one suffered from electrocution recently, come to Kaufman Law, P.C. for legal help.
Kaufman Law, P.C. has handled electrocution cases involving power lines, negligent utility companies, careless employers, lack of proper safety equipment and training, defective products, and other hazards throughout Georgia. We know the common causes of these incidents and how to get to the bottom of who are what causes them. It’s our mission to secure maximum compensation for each injured victim who comes to us for assistance. Find out if we can help you – request a free consultation.
Holding a Power Company Liable for Electrocution
Georgia Power, Central Georgia EMC, Cobb EMC, GreyStone Power Corporation, and other power companies that service Alpharetta owe certain duties of care to customers and the community. They must make sure all power poles, lines, electrical boxes, and circuit breakers are in proper operating condition at all times. They must inspect their equipment and powerlines regularly to make sure things such as downed trees, encroaching limbs, or storms have not compromised their safety.
If there are issues, the company must remedy them immediately or otherwise take action to prevent foreseeable harms. Should a power company fail in these duties and someone suffers an electrocution, the victim or his/her family could pursue a lawsuit against the company based on negligence. There are federal and state laws that force power companies to prevent electrocution injuries and deaths. Any broken law, act of negligence, or careless management that results in electrocution could end in a lawsuit.
Preventing Electrocution Injuries
Downed power lines can be deadly. To stay safe from electrocution, always assume downed lines are active and dangerous. Avoid going near the line, as downed lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. Immediately call 911 and report the line. If you work in construction, always be aware of the location of powerlines and the height of equipment and vehicles. Contact with a live wire at work can be fatal.
Sadly, it’s not always possible to avoid a downed power line or other source of electricity. The best way to prevent these accidents is for those in charge of electrical components to make sure that issues don’t arise in the first place. Power companies might be liable for electrocutions that stem from fallen poles and lines. Even if the company didn’t know about the safety hazard, it could still be accountable.
Other possible defendants in an electrocution lawsuit include employers, product manufacturers, and property owners. A conversation with a personal injury lawyer at Kaufman Law, P.C. can get to the bottom of who could be liable for your accident and how to secure compensation. Call us at (404) 355-4000 today.