Electrocution Burn Injury Attorney


Los Angeles and Electrical Burns and Fires.

Hello. I am Los Angeles Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. Although I practice electrical burn injury law in cities like Torrance and Koreatown, my credentials and background include being an electrical/manufactured housing contractor. Electrocutions and resultant explosions may arise in many ways. Examples of places where explosions occur include commercial buildings and residential homes. Of course, construction job sites are notorious for electrical injuries.

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There are two primary ways electricity causes burns. One way is direct exposure, such as when the individual becomes physically exposed to uncapped, or unshielded wires, or an arc. Sometimes it may just shock and mildly burn you. Other times, the current may complete a circuit within you and light you aflame.

Another way you can get burned from electricity is indirect exposure. Examples include an electrical bolt igniting some other material or thing, burning you in the process. Places these mishaps can happen in L.A. vehicle traffic alone are astounding. But think about it.

Big rigs are towing flammable liquids up and down the 710 Freeway, and 405 North and South day and night. Imagine a downed powerline coming into the path of such a vehicle on a rainswept night. However, ignition and fire of a gas tanker would likely kill many people.

Also, older cars still abound our streets. And many of these higher mileage vehicles have caught fire during stop and go traffic. Causes of these electrical fires include bare and loose wires, or a leaky gas tank sparked off by an exposed tail light wiring harness. Believe it or not, this stuff happens.

The list of electrical fires and burns, their causes and effects, could go on forever. Anyways, electrical burns and deaths in L.A. are not as prevalent in factories, since we have outsourced many of those jobs to China and Mexico, but they still happen more in L.A. than a lot of other cities.

So although we may not have much heavy industry as before, there are still plenty of places to die or be disfigured from an electrical burn. At Ehline Law Firm of California, we have represented hundreds of charred and shocked victims just like you in some of these types of scenarios.

In our goal of giving only the very best results to our customers, we participate in focus groups. We even retain jury consultants. Also, we hire only the most renowned and efficient legal experts. Maybe we even have the best specialists in the world! So if you think you have a meritorious case, read and learn from a top law firm in the country.


What are Some Electrocution Statistics?

Important: Electrocution injuries in the United States are often fatal. They can occur while on the job, in some industries. Also, this type of accident is on the rise. Furthermore, about two-fifths of electrocution injuries are due to contact with overhead power lines. (Read More.) But the most common kind of damage from electric shock is severe burns to the skin.

What are the Three Ways an Electrical Burn Injury Occurs?

There are three ways that direct electrical burn injuries occur.

These include:

  • Thermal Contact Burns.
  • Electrical Burns.
  • Arc Burns.

What Exactly is a Thermal Burn?

Thermal burns are considered a contact injury. So, for example, your skin could come in contact with overheated electrical conductors.

But other examples of contact burns include skin touching a:

  • Hot surface,
  • Conduits, or other kinds of energized equipment.

What About When Your Clothes Get Lit on Fire?

One of the other ways thermal burns can become suffered is when clothing ignites. So this is just one of the injuries sustained in combination with arcs or electricity.

Your clothes can ignite as the current flows through you, for example. But this is all dependent on the kind of mishap.

What About Electrical Burns?

 As noted above, direct contact with electricity causes electrical burns. Of particular concern, the electrical current flows through body tissues or the bones. But there are different severity levels of electrical burns. And this is a type of trauma that can be fatal.

Most of all, it depends on the amount of voltage and the path it travels through the body. For example, electricity will enter one part of the body and travel looking for an exit. So if the contact/damage is in your hand, it can travel up the arm. 

Next, it travels across the chest and down the other arm to escape out of the other hand. So when this occurs, the electricity moving through your chest cavity can stop the heart. And unless the heart gets restarted quickly, the victim dies.

Significant: When the electrical current exceeds 1/10 of an amp or 100 milliamps while traveling through the heart, it will cause fibrillation. So, in turn, this will then stop the heart.


Is The Damage Inside the Body As Well?

When electricity travels through the body, it can damage:

  • Tissue,
  • Muscles,
  • Arteries,
  • Veins and
  • Bones.

Furthermore, it has a different effect than a thermal or chemical burn. Remarkably, electrical burns cause the most substantial amount of damage inside the body. Conversely, thermal, and chemical burn injuries will have exterior damage to a deeper dispersion.

Important: Hence, employers and employees in the electrical field must have lifesaving knowledge. So, for example, they need to know how to perform CPR. Because of this lifesaving technique, someone suffering an electrical shock or burn may survive.


How Do Arc Burns Happen?

Arc burns are different from the thermal burn and electrical burn injury. Arcs burns happen when a person is near an electrical explosion or high temperatures from an electrical arc. So it is almost like an explosion, but the shrapnel also includes live electricity. Usually, these cases result in severe disfigurement and even death.  

Important: Almost always, it requires immediate medical attention. Additionally, these remain common types of burn injuries in the electrical industry. Last, these are similarly known as "flash burns." Of particular interest, injuries can happen as direct or indirect shocks.

Next, the path electricity travels can send out a wave causing terrible bodily harm. Afterward, bruises and even bone fractures are commonplace. But it's all dependent on how and where the shock occurs.

However, in some cases, it is instantly fatal. But in others, it could be a contributing factor to the later death of the victim. Furthermore, electrical and arc burns can have other dangers associated with them. So these can cause further injuries.

Examples include: High voltage lines creating energy arcs. Plus, arc projectors also shoot fire and flying fragmented metal. Also, low-energy arcs can produce vapors, dust, and flammable gasses.


Does Getting Legal Help Give You Peace of Mind?

Yes! Having the right lawyer for your case will give you peace of mind for sure. Did you suffer one of these types of damages claims? Perhaps it was a loved one of yours who was hurt? The lawyers at Ehline Law Firm can help. We have the experience and resources to ensure you recover a fair settlement. Our burn injury attorneys can get contacted at (213) 596-9642.