New Hampshire Electric Shock AttorneyWritten by ruxandra
Electrocution accident victims can suffer a permanent injury which can change the rest of their lives. According to the BLS – Bureau of Labor Statistic, most electrocution accidents in New Hampshire happen in the construction industry. Chris Beard, one of America’s leading electric shock attorneys, has created this webpage to help New Hampshire personal injury lawyers learn the correct way of dealing with electrical injury cases.
You should keep in mind that New Hampshire, just like most states in the region, follows the comparative negligence rule, meaning that if the victim’s fault is greater than that of defendants they will receive nothing. In addition to this, the damages are reduced in direct proportion with the fault of the victim. According to the limitations awarded on compensatory damages, the cap per person is of $150,000 and of $500,000 cap per occurrence if the liable entity is the municipality, unless modified by the Court.
Now that we’ve established that fact, let see what you can do as a lawyer to maximize your client’s chances of receiving compensation.
- The importance of accident scene photographs
It is very important to ask your client to take photos of the accident scene. Indifferent if the victim suffered an occupational (workplace) electrical injury, if they were injured by a kitchen appliance, faulty phone charger, car battery, or as the result of a missing hazard sign, there needs to be visual evidence related to their accident.
- Preserve the faulty tool that caused the accident
It is less important where the accident happened, but it is crucial to preserve the tool or device that caused the accident for it to be analyzed by the experts. Based on the result of this analysis, the expert can testify in court according to their professional expertise.
- Talk to the co-workers or relatives
Depending on where the accident took place (at home or at work), you should ask the relatives or co-workers if they witnessed the electrocution accident.
- Medical records are very important
Electricity is very dangerous to people and can cause different types of injuries depending on various factors such as weight, height, skin moisture, gender, the path of the current, etc. Some of the most common electrocution injuries suffered by people in New Hampshire include brain damage, scars, chronic pain injury, nerve damage, arrhythmia, internal bleeding, and many more. The effects of an electrical injury reveal themselves immediately after the accident or days/weeks afterwards.
- Read the electrical building code
New Hampshire electrical injury lawsuits can seem pretty straightforward, but they can become more difficult if you don’t know the municipal building code. Be careful, because most major cities in the state have created their own building code, including cities such as: Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Keene, Portsmouth, and others.
- Prepare your client for the official statement
Many electrical injury attorneys think that people already know what to say during the official and recorded statements. Don’t make this mistake because even the smallest statement can cost your electrical injury client their compensation, especially when dealing with the insurance companies from New Hampshire.
- Witnesses are crucial
In most electrocution cases you will have a series of witnesses that are willing to write a statement and testify in court. If you want to find the best witnesses and to fully understand how the electrocution accident happened, you should act fast and depose the witnesses as soon as possible.
- Get the best electrical injury experts in New Hampshire
As a New Hampshire electrocution injury lawyer, you need to get in touch with the best experts. Depending on how the accident happened you may need electrical engineers, economists, construction safety experts, psychologists and many more.
- Determine the chain of distribution
If you want to see who should pay the victim’s electrocution compensation, you must firstly determine who (person or entity) is part of the chain of distribution. In some cases, there are more entities responsible for electrocution accidents, including the manufacturer, designer, retailer, supplier, etc.
- Ask Chris Beard
A lot of personal injury attorneys in New Hampshire believe that they can handle electrocution accident cases the same way as all others. Of course, you are the best person for the job, but if this is your first time dealing with electrical injury cases, if you are not accustomed with the correct procedure, it is possible for you to lose the case. Chris Beard, one of US’s leading electrical injury lawyers, and has a vast experience on how to handle this type of cases. Furthermore, Chris has created over the years a vast network of the best electrical injury experts in the nation and he can recommend you the best depending on your electrocution case.
Chris is licensed to practice law in Maryland. In other states where he is not admitted, he can apply with the local court to appear for clients in each case and work with local counsel if the matter has to be litigated. He will also work with local counsel whenever an issue comes up in the claims stage.