Electricity is a powerful thing. While it is a major part of our everyday lives, it can also become deadly. Electrocution accidents can result in life-altering injuries. Read on to learn more about electrocution accidents in New Jersey.
How do electrocution accidents occur?
As previously mentioned, electricity is a huge part of our day-to-day. For example, we deal with it when it comes to something as simple and second-nature as plugging in a cell phone to charge or turning on the lights at home. However, it is important to know that the majority of electrocution accidents involve:
- Improperly discarded extension cords
- Exposed wires Fallen telephone lines
- Electrical outlets placed in unsafe locations
- Shorts in electrical appliances due to manufacturing defects
- Faulty wiring in hot tubs and pools
- Commercial equipment malfunctioning
Fulfilling the burden of proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. However, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a direct result of negligence. To fulfill the burden of proof, be sure to:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, ensure that the scene is safe, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a major injury without realizing it. This may be due to shock, or you may have an injury that does not show symptoms for the first few days but can affect you down the line. Additionally, this will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries, which can play a large role in a personal injury claim.
- Document the scene: While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is typically two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file in time will mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
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