North Carolina electric shock attorneyWritten by ruxandra
Getting injured by electrical current can be extremely dangerous and can permanently affect an individual’s life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has concluded that most electrical injuries happen at work, but it is not uncommon for people to get electrocuted in their home. This webpage was created by the best electrical accident injury lawyer, Chris Beard and it has the purpose to teach North Carolina injury attorney how they can deal with electrocution accident injury cases.
North Carolina follows the contributory negligence rule, which means that the defendant may try to argue that your client was partially at fault for their accident in order to avoid paying compensation. And talking about compensation, there are a couple of caps in that apply in North Carolina, unless modified by the Court. These caps apply to non-economic losses which are in addition to the economic ones.
- There is a $1,000,000 cap if the defendant is a governmental entity.
- The DRAM Shop liability law in North Carolina applies a cap of $500,000 per occurrence.
- The burial, medical and hospital expenses are capped at $4,500 0r 50% of award after the deduction of the attorney’s fees.
- Ask your client to take photos
The visual evidence can not only help establish the liability of the guilty individual, but it can also be presented in court as evidence. The injuries your client suffered may be an electrocution from a phone charger, kitchen appliance, car battery, the result of a missing hazard sign, or it can be a workplace (occupational) electrical injury. Make sure to tell your client that taking photos immediately after the accident will ensure that crucial evidence is not tampered with.
- The defective device/tool that caused the accident
No matter where the accident happened, the electrical device/tool that caused the accident needs to be preserved in the same state as after the accident. If the injury occurred at work, like in the construction industry, it may be difficult to preserve a tool without the employer’s approval. In this case, you should contact your client’s employer, explain to them what happened and ask them to preserve the defective tool.
- Talk to the relatives
It happens less frequent to get injured at home, but this can also be an advantage. It is possible that a family member saw the accident and can provide an accurate witness statement. Discuss with your client’s relatives immediately after the accident while they still remember in detail what happened.
- Autopsy reports and the medical records
Electricity can cause different types of injuries depending on various factors, including the amperage, voltage, and many others. The injuries caused by electricity can be temporary or permanent. Some of the most common electrocution injuries in North Carolina are scars, nerve damage, electrical injury chronic pain, arrhythmia, brain damage, and many more. If you suffer an electric shock during pregnancy, the child may suffer an electrical injury and die. The effects and injuries sustained due electrical current in North Carolina vary from one person to another.
- Look up the electrical building code and formulate a strategy
North Carolina electrical injury lawsuits are more difficult than they appear. If you don’t know the building code and make the wrong move, you can lose the case. Get accustomed to the electrical building code of the city where the accident took place and formulate a winning strategy so your electrocution client (the victim) will receive compensation in North Carolina. Be aware that each city has its own code. Whether the accident happened in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham or other city in North Carolina, you need to look up the code for that specific place.
- Saying the wrong thing can hurt the case
Many electrical injury attorneys don’t teach their clients what to and not to say as official/recorded statements. What your client says is crucial to winning the case. Prepare them for what it is to come.
- Depose the witnesses
You have to discuss to all the accident witnesses as soon as possible, if you don’t want to chase after them. In some cases the witnesses “vanish without a trace” and you will not have enough evidence to win your client’s case. This can also happen when discussing about the electrical injury with the insurance company in North Carolina.
- Find the best electrical injury experts
As a North Carolina electrocution lawyer, you need to get in touch with some of the best electrical injury experts in the US. Depending on the case you may require an electrical engineer, a construction safety expert, and many more.
- Liability in the chain of distribution
If is up to you to find out who is liable for your client’s injuries. The liability can fall on one or more people/ entities depending on various factors. Most of the time, in defective products cases the party at fault will be found in the chain of distribution and can be the manufacturer, designer, distributor, retainer ad many more.
- Contact Chris Beard, the best electrical injury lawyer
Most personal injury attorneys in North Carolina believe that electrocution cases can be dealt just like every other case. The reality is that if you are not accustomed to the procedures and already know how to approach this type of case, you might end up losing. Chris Beard already knows the correct way of handling electrical injury cases and has built a trustworthy network of nationwide experts that you can also use to win your case.
As a North Carolina personal injury lawyer, you are best qualified to deal with this as you already know the state procedures and rules. Chris Beard is the best electric shock lawyer, has an unrivaled track record, and can counsel you in winning your 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 and work with local counsel if the matter has to be litigated. He will also consult with local counsel whenever an issue comes up in the claims stage.