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Electric Wiring Accident

High Voltage Ad As an electric wiring accident attorney in California, I have, unfortunately, seen my fair share of incidents causing injury and death due to electrocution, thermal burns, cardiac arrest, and other forms of muscle, nerve and tissue damage due to exposure between the human body and electricity. These incidents happen everywhere from apartment buildings in large cities like Los Angeles to farming accidents in the rural areas in the Central Valley of CA. As Californians, we should all take heed to learn the dangers of coming into contact with electrical wiring and other sources of electrical energy in an effort to prevent such incidents from injuring and killing children and adults in the Golden State.

Top Three Causes of Electrocution and Electricity Related Accidents in California

According to statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Safety Council, there are approximately 140,000 electrical fires resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries and about 400-500 electrocutions resulting in death in the U.S. every year! Both nationwide and in California, the causes are all too common as follows:

  1. Defective Wiring: Damaged or exposed electrical wires accounts for approximately 20 percent of electrocutions every year. This can be caused by faulty installation or poor property maintenance in both commercial and residential structures including apartments, condominiums, houses, offices, hotels and retail shopping centers. These incidents also include failure to install or maintain proper Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on outlets that are near sources of water such as swimming pools, kitchens and bathrooms.
  2. Contact With High Voltage Power Lines: Coming into contact with high volt utility lines happens frequently both above ground (e.g. ladders, roofs, “cherry pickers” and other devices such as landscaping, gardening and farming equipment being used in close proximity to power poles, transformers and wiring) and below ground (e.g. digging and striking a buried electrical transmission source).
  3. Defective Appliances and Other Products: Being shocked from contact or use of an appliance such as a refrigerator, heater, washing machine, or any type of large or small appliance with an electrical power source is a major cause of injury and death to both adults and children every year. Defective electrical heaters are a major cause of residential fires in the winter months.
Importance of Consulting an Experienced Electrical Accident and Injury Attorney if Incident was Caused by Negligence

Sometimes electrical injury or death is the result of freak accidents that no one could have predicted. Other times, these incidents are the result of a lack of reasonable care (California legal definition of negligence) on the part of one or more individuals or entities. This could include homeowners, landlords, store owners, apartment managers, maintenance companies, utility companies, product manufacturers and many others. California tort law holds that if any such person/entity acts or fails to act in a reasonable manner and this causes injury or death, that person/entity may be held responsible for payment of medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress caused by their negligence. A lawyer familiar with CA negligence laws and with the ability to promptly and thoroughly investigate the cause of any electrical injury, including fires can make the difference between being able to be fully compensated for the monetary losses or having to bear this burden alone! The Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC and the attorneys on their team have decades of experience in representing injured persons and the families of wrongful death victims in electrocution and electrical mishaps. Call our office toll free statewide at 866-966-5240 (or in the Los Angeles area at 323-944-0993) for more information.

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I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
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Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
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Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
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Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
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I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.