Vermont Electric Shock AttorneyWritten by ruxandra
The victims of an electrocution accident can suffer dangerous injuries which may affect them for the rest of their lives. The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistic) established that the majority of electrical injuries happen at work, construction being the industry with the most electrical injury victims. Chris Beard, one of the best electric shock attorneys in the United States, has created this page to aid Vermont injury lawyers in winning their client electrical injury case and get them the compensation they need.
One of the most important aspects you have to keep into consideration is that Vermont follows the comparative negligence rule. This means that the victim will not receive anything if their fault for the accident is greater than the fault of the defendants (combined). Furthermore, the compensation received by the victim will decrease in proportion to their fault. In Vermont, the following caps apply to non-economic losses:
- $500,000 cap per person and a maximum of $2,000,0000 cap for each occurrence for claims against the government
- For municipal Corporation the cap is limited to the amount of the insurance coverage
Now let’s take a look at the most important things you can do when you have a client who has suffered an electrical injury.
- Ask your client to photograph the accident scene
One piece of evidence which may prove crucial for the result of the case are the pictures. Even if the electrical injury happened at the workplace (occupational injury), on the street or in their home, your client should take pictures as soon as possible to immortalize how the accident in Vermont happened. Your client’s electrocution accident can be caused by a car battery, construction tools, phone charger, kitchen appliance, or because the municipality failed to install a hazard sign.
- Your client should preserve the device/tool that is defective
The place where the accident occurred is less relevant than the tool that caused it. You need to ask your client to preserve the tool or device that caused the accident. If the victim is unable to do it due to their injuries, you should contact their family or attorney.
- Ask the relatives for details
If the accident happens on the street it could be difficult to find out exactly how it occurred. That is why, if the accident occurred in your client’s home, their family might know something that could be crucial for the case.
- The importance of medical records
Electricity is very dangerous and if a body gets in contact with it, the individual can suffer different types of injuries based on their height, gender, place of contact, skin moisture, the path of the current, etc. The most common electrocution injuries a person can suffer in Vermont include brain damage, scars, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, electrical injury chronic pain, arrhythmia, and many more. The effects of an electrical injury can manifest themselves immediately after the accident, but it is also possible for them to show themselves after weeks or months after the accident. Suffering an electrocution injury during pregnancy can lead to the premature birth of the child and may put their life in danger.
- The electrical building code
Vermont electrical injury lawsuits tend to be harder than other types of lawsuits, especially if you don’t know the building code. You have to be aware that each city in Vermont may have their own different code, including in cities such as Burlington, Rutland City, Montpelier, Brattleboro, and many others. If you don’t respect the code in the city where the electrical accident took place, then they might not get the compensation they need to treat their injuries.
- Teach them what to say
Most electrocution lawyers probably know that what their clients say may affect the claim. That is why you should take the time and let your client know what they should and should not say, especially when being interviewed by the insurance company regarding the electrical injury.
- Depose the right witnesses
Winning the case becomes much easier if you find the perfect witnesses and depose them as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the bigger the chances for them to forget what happened or “vanish” without a trace.
- Electrical experts
Vermont electrical injury attorneys usually have a series of electrical injury experts that can testify in court and offer their professional expertise regarding the electrocution accident. Finding the best experts may be challenging, especially because you may require an electrical engineer, economist, psychologist, construction safety expert, and many more.
- Who from the chain of distribution is at fault?
It is your responsibility to reveal the liable person or entity from the chain or distribution. Keep in mind that one or more individuals/companies can be responsible for your client’s electrical injury and it is up to the lawyer to first establish the chain of distribution and then find out who is liable.
- What would Chris Beard do?
Many personal injury attorneys from Vermont believe that electrocution cases can be managed in a classical way, but without knowing the electrical injury specifics, you could lose the case. You can ask Chris Beard to help you and consult you with your case. Keep in mind that Chris, as one of the best electric shock lawyers in the US has a wide network of electrical injury experts which can help 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 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.