We rely on electricity to light our homes, to cook our food, to run our favorite electronics. Before it reaches our outlets, electricity must navigate through wiring, power lines and transformers – a system that carries thousands of volts, enough to burn, injure or kill. According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 people die each year from electrocutions; an additional 4,000 are injured.
Electrocution litigation is complex and code-heavy. The transmission and distribution of electricity is governed by a mix of federal codes, state codes and industry standards that mandate installation and maintenance. To succeed in investigating and resolving an electrocution claim, lawyers must know the substance of these codes and how they are applied – only then can responsibility be determined.
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Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has considerable experience litigating matters involving power line contact and electrocutions in the home. We have successfully brought matters against a variety of defendants, from installers to municipalities.