South Carolina Electric Shock AttorneyWritten by ruxandra
Electrical injuries are very dangerous and can affect the life of an electrocution victim. According to the data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most electrocution accidents in South Carolina occur at work, but a lot of people also get to suffer an electrical injury at home. This website was created by one of the best electrical accident injury lawyers, Chris Beard and its main purpose is to help personal injury attorneys from South Carolina learn how they can deal with electrocution cases.
But before talking about tips and rules, it should be mentioned that in South Carolina the modified comparative negligence applies, which means that there will be no recovery of damages if your client’s negligence is greater than the defendants’ negligence. There are no caps on non-economic losses in South Carolina, unless a governmental entity is involved, in which case the caps are the following (unless modified by the Court):
- There is a $250,000 cap per person and per occurence if the defendant is a governmental entity.
- There is a total $500,000 cap per occurence, no matter how many plaintiffs.
- In case of a doctor or dentist employed by the state, the cap is $1,000,000.
- Visual evidence is crucial
Taking photos of the accident scene can help establish who is liable for the accident and injuries. Your client’s injuries could be an electrocution from a kitchen appliance, car battery, phone charger, or they could also be the result of a missing hazard sign. No matter if your client suffered an occupational (workplace) electrical injury (such as in construction) or a simple home accident, you need to ask them to take photos of the electrocution accident scene as soon as possible.
- Preserve the defective product immediately after the accident
It is very important to ask your client or their family (or employer) to preserve the defective product that is responsible for the electrocution accident. The defective tool can be analyzed by an electrocution injury expert to determine who is liable for the injuries.
- Ask the relatives about small details
Even though electrocution home accidents are less frequent, they still happen. If any family members of your client witnessed the accident they can be extremely valuable to the case. It is important to discuss with them as soon as possible while they still remember in detail what happened.
- Autopsy report and other medical records
Most common electrocution injuries in South Carolina may include scars, brain damage, arrhythmia, electrical injury chronic pain, nerve damage and many more. An electrical injury can be temporary or permanent and its effects can start showing day or weeks after the electrocution accident. During pregnancy, any electrical injury can put in danger the life of the fetus or permanently hurt them. You will need the medical documents to prove all this.
- Study the electrical building code and establish the standards of care
South Carolina electrical injury lawsuits can seem easier than they really are. Only after you look up the electrical building code in the city where the accident took place and analyze the standards of care you can establish a strategy. Be very careful, any wrong move and your whole case could turn into a hurricane. Also, keep in mind that each city may have its own building code. This is why it is important if the accident took place in Colombia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville or other city in South Carolina.
- Teach your client what to say
Many electrocution victims are not aware that their compensation can be affected by what they say. Official recorded statements can be used as evidence in court and also used by insurance companies in electrical injury cases.
- Depose the witnesses
It is your job as an electrical injury lawyer to discuss with the witnesses and get their statement, even though your client may help you. You should depose the witnesses quickly after the accident or you may not have any witness at all. There are many electrocution cases where lawyers lost because they didn’t find witnesses to the accident.
- Electrical injury experts are decisive
As a South Carolina electrocution attorney, you should get in touch with electrical engineers, construction safety experts, economists, psychiatrists that are accustomed to electrical injury cases and that can help you prove the liability of the guilty person in court.
- The chain of distribution
One of the first places where you can start looking for fault is the chain of distribution. If the accident was caused by a defective product, then the manufacturer, retailer, designer, distributor, and many others from the chain of distribution may be at fault. It is up to you to find out which.
- Chris Beard, the best electrical injury lawyer can help you win the case
Most personal injury attorneys in South Carolina think that you can deal with electrocution cases like any other. If you do this, your client might never get the compensation they really need for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. Chris Beard has an unrivaled track record with electrical injury cases and already knows all the secrets of how to handle this type of cases. In addition to this, because he is specialized in electrocution cases, he has a wide network composed of the best electrical injury experts in the nation which he can put at your disposal.
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 a client 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.