A woman sustained severe burns over 85 percent of her body and passed away three days after the accident. The utility should have known that a power line could fall if the line and the splices that held it up were installed incorrectly. The linemen did not use wire brushes to remove rust from the line splices, which could result in an increased temperature and lost tension in the wire, causing the wires to fall. The company denies the allegations. Jurors will hear testimony of experts on both sides of our lawsuit.
Power lines are installed by public utilities and carry high voltage electricity to customers. Needless to say, improperly built or installed power lines can be very dangerous if a person comes in contact with them. Many people get injured by fallen or negligently maintained power lines. An injured person can sue a public utility and needs to show that the utility was negligent. Negligence means unreasonable conduct that caused injury.
Determining whether the utility was negligent will require analysis of several factors:
- The amount of voltage in the lines
- The insulation of the lines (or lack of insulation)
- The signs and warnings posted near the lines (or lack of signs and warnings)
- The location of the lines in relation to buildings
- The height of the lines above ground
- The foreseeability that people doing lawful activity would come in contact with the wires
- Whether or not the lines conform to local codes
If your injury was a result of these factors, you may be able to show negligence. If a person or a disaster causes power lines to become dangerous, the public utility may still be liable. If the utility had knowledge of the dangerous situation, but did not repair it, that could be negligence. For example, if a windstorm knocks down power lines and the utility knows this and allows the lines to remain exposed, it is negligent.
In many cases, people suffer power line injuries in the workplace. Employers can take many precautions to avoid electrocution. If you have been injured by contact with power lines at your construction site, the Lassen Law Firm has experience in representing victims of construction site power line accidents and can provide excellent representation to such a victim.