Electric shock may cause severe and long-term injuries. In the most serious cases, it may even result in an avoidable death. If you or someone in your family was hurt or killed due to electric shock on another party’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Our knowledgeable Fort Myers premises liability attorneys can carefully examine the facts of your case and determine whether you may have a claim. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, we understand the challenges that accident victims and their families may face, and we are committed to advocating for them.
Pursuing a Negligence Claim Based on Electric Shock Injuries
Electric shock occurs when there is a sudden discharge of electricity through a body part. These accidents may result in burns, brain damage, cardiac arrest, headaches, skin burns, seizures, renal failure, and other devastating injuries. Electric shocks happen for a number of reasons, such as discarded electric cables, broken circuits, faulty electrical wiring, or wet circuits.
Property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to make sure that their premises are free of dangerous conditions and to provide adequate warnings to visitors about any hazards that are not open and obvious. If you have been injured in an electric shock accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the owner of the property where it happened. Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners accountable for preventable injuries that take place on their property.
Your ability to recover compensation after this type of accident depends on your status on the property. Under Florida law, visitors may fall into one of three categories: invitees, licensees, or trespassers. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care, which includes a duty to inspect the premises on a regular basis and warn invitees of potentially hazardous conditions. Invitees are individuals who enter the land for a business purpose, such as a store customer. Licensees are also owed a duty of care, but it is a lesser duty than invitees. Property owners must warn licensees of known hazards. Licensees are typically social guests on the property.
By contrast, a trespasser is an individual who enters land without the owner’s permission. A property owner must not intentionally cause harm to a trespasser and in some instances must take extra measures to protect trespassing children from harm.
To establish negligence, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the property owner owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the property owner breached the duty of care, and the plaintiff’s electric shock accident was a direct result of the property owner’s breach. If negligence has been established, the plaintiff may be able to recover reimbursement for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages arising from the accident.
Explore Your Options with a Premises Liability Attorney in Fort Myers
If you or someone you love suffered an electric shock injury because of the carelessness of a property owner, we can help. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Fort Myers premises liability lawyers understand the gravity of these accidents, and we can zealously advocate for your rights at every step of the process. We serve victims throughout Southwest Florida, including in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota. Call us at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form to set up a free consultation with an injury attorney.