Electrical Injury Lawyer
Electrical fires and electrocutions can occur in all North County cities and unincorporated parts of San Diego County, especially those with have industrial centers like Oceanside, Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista. Property owners, including business owners, have a duty to ensure that the electrical wiring on their property is not faulty. Did you know that electrical fires are among the top five causes of building fires that can result in serious and fatal burn injuries? The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IIBHS) reports that fires caused by faulty wiring often lead to more serious property damage and more substantial injuries than other types of fires. In addition to life-threatening fires that cause significant property damages, faulty wiring can also cause electrocution injuries.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries because of faulty electrical wiring, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. At the Walton Law Firm, we are committed to helping injured plaintiffs who have gotten hurt on dangerous property, and have represented injury victims from throughout North County, including Poway, Escondido, Valley Center, and Encinitas. An experienced North County electrical injury lawyer at our firm can answer your questions today.Knowing the Signs of Faulty Electrical Wiring at Properties
As we mentioned, business owners and other individuals who own or control property in San Diego County have a duty to ensure that it is free of known hazards (and those it should know about). In the event that a risk exists that cannot be immediately corrected, the property owner has a duty to warn customers and anyone else on the premises of potential harm. Often, faulty electrical wiring has obvious signs, yet property owners do not take steps to remedy the problem until a serious or deadly electrical fire occurs.
The IIBHS emphasizes that commercial property owners and business owners need to train employees to identify electrical hazards and to understand signs of faulty electrical wiring, which can include the following:
- Regularly blown fuses and/or tripped circuits;
- Minor shocks from appliances;
- Insulation that is dried out;
- Any exposed inner wires in electrical items or in the wiring through the property;
- Discolored or worn out wall outlets;
- Brittle wires; and
- Frequent light flickering or dimming.
All of these warning signs can indicate that there is a short in the electrical wiring, that the wiring is damaged or worn, or that the electrical wiring was installed improperly. It is the responsibility of a property owner to fix any faulty electrical wiring to prevent fires, shocks, and burn injuries to anyone on the premises.File Your Electrical Injury Legal Claim on Time
Personal injury lawsuits in California have a statute of limitations, which means the amount of time an injured party has to file a claim. Under California law, most premises liability lawsuits require that you file your claim within two years from the date of the injury. When you are filing a claim against a government agency, however, then the claim must be filed with the agency within six months. For example, you may have been injured on the premises of a government building, which would shorten the time window for filing your lawsuit.
The statute of limitations is strict, and the injured party must file on time. It is important to seek advice from a San Diego County electrical injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you file within the specified time period and that your legal rights are protected..Contact an Electrical Injury Lawyer
Were you injured on another party’s premises because of faulty electrical wiring? An experienced electrical injury attorney can assist you. Contact the Walton Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.