New Jersey Electrical Burn Injury Lawyers
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Electricity is truly a marvel of the modern world that has greatly simplified our lives. With the flick of a switch, we can now use electricity to warm our home, dry our hair, prepare dinner, wash our clothes and perform a myriad of other tasks that were once labor intensive and time consuming. When people use electricity carelessly, however, the results can be disastrous. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer electrical burn injuries every year.
Electrical fires have the potential to cause serious injuries. Some of the major causes include: overloaded circuits, faulty or damaged wiring, poorly made and/or defective electrical products, improperly maintained or incorrectly installed appliances, short circuits, exposed wire making contact with water and sparks produced at electrical points of contact.
There are easy ways to prevent electrical fires. Some measures include turning off stoves, heated blankets and other objects powered by electricity that emit heat whenever you leave your home. You can also regularly inspect wiring and replace any damaged, sections, place heaters away from flammable objects, and contact a qualified electrician if you see any problems with circuit breakers that could pose a fire risk.
If you do encounter an electrical fire, never use water to try to put it out. This could easily cause electrocution. First, cut off the power supply to your home. If the fire is relatively small, use baking soda or a chemical extinguisher (class C) to put it out. If the fire is large and already out of control when you discover it, or you suspect there is a fire inside your walls, leave the premises immediately and call 911.
As stated above, there are certain preventative measures you can take to lessen the chances of an electrical fire occurring. However, the actions of others are out of your control. If a negligent party was responsible for an electrical fire that injured you, you're likely feeling helpless, frustrated and angry. If a careless landlord or a manufacturer of a faulty device caused you to sustain serious burns, the best way to protect yourself and others in the future is to force them to accept legal responsibility for their actions. The New Jersey burn accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can be reached at (609) 240-0040, and offer free initial consultations to determine whether you have a viable legal claim. If the other party is liable, we will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure that you receive adequate compensation for your hospital bills, lost wages and other damages.
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