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Pennsylvania Electrocution & Fire Injury Lawyers
Demanding Accountability from Negligent Property Owners
Electrical and gas fires can have very serious consequences for anyone who happens to be standing nearby, whether they’re on a construction worksite or just sitting in their own living room. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than 50,900 major home fires are caused by electrical failure each year – and as many as 54% of all fatal electrical shock injuries take place in the construction industry alone.
Because many of these fires and explosions can be traced back to a negligent company or individual, you may have a clear legal recourse if you sustain serious electrocution or fire injuries. At Metzger Wickersham, our dedicated Pennsylvania electrical shock injury lawyers are standing by to help you recover compensation for your losses. With over a century of experience, we can act quickly on your fire or electrocution claim and seek the justice you deserve.
For more information, call Metzger Wickersham at (888) 286-2850 today.
Main Causes of Gas and Electrical Fires
When employed correctly, electricity and gas lines have the power to improve our quality of life, and make everything in our world more convenient. However, that means the opposite is equally true: An incorrectly installed or poorly-labelled electrical system can wreak deadly havoc on the lives of families, workers, and even children. This is why companies and property owners have a heightened responsibility to clearly label electrical and gas hazards, and exercise due diligence whenever they work around dangerous substances.
Unfortunately, thousands of devastating explosion and fire accidents happen every year because of contractor or builder negligence. From residential gas line explosions to electrical fires caused by faulty power lines, all accidents of this nature have the power to irrevocably harm those caught in the crossfire.
Here are some of the most common causes for electrical and fire injuries:
- Defective or broken high-voltage power lines
- Skin contact with exposed wires and appliances
- Leaking gas lines
- Mechanical failure and defects
- Lightning strikes
- Power outages or failures
- Faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Children tampering with household electrical sources
Common Electrical Fire Injuries
Humans are mostly made of water, which means that we conduct electricity exceptionally well – and we also burn quite easily. When an individual is exposed to strong electrical currents, whether directly or indirectly, it’s possible to sustain serious third-degree burns and even death by electrocution. Many of the same injuries are also possible in a standard gas fire, which can lead to burns, musculoskeletal injuries, long-term brain damage, and respiratory failure.
The most common electrical injuries include:
- Flash burns
- Serious skin burns
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Heart attack or stroke
- Acute renal failure
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Bone fractures and damage
Contact Our Experienced Legal Team Today
No matter what circumstances led to your electrical shock or fire injuries, you may be facing a range of expenses after your accident, from medical expenses to time off work. Under the legal principle of premises liability, however, you can hold the right party accountable with a civil legal claim.
When you need assistance, our proven premises liability lawyers can help you identify exactly who was responsible for your electrocution or fire injuries. By carefully investigating your accident and speaking with any witnesses or injured parties, we’ll develop a strong case strategy that holds the right property owner, company, or individual liable for your injuries. Acting as fierce advocates for your needs, we’ll pursue the maximum compensation available to help you recover.
Contact us today for a free consultation in Pennsylvania. We work on contingency fees, so you won’t pay unless we can recover damages.