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Proving a Defective Product Case Stemming from Electrical Shock Injuries

When a product causes electrical shock injuries or electrocution, it will be important to prove that it was the result of a defect in the product if filing a product liability claim. This can be done in a few ways.

Establishing Liability in a Defective Product Case

The first way is by providing a defect in the design of the product. Product designers and manufacturers could be liable for injuries caused by an error or flaw in the actual designing or manufacturing of the product.

An example of a defect in design is using wires that are too small for the power source. This could result in a fire. Meanwhile, manufacturers who fail to follow specifications from the product design could be liable for any injuries resulting from the product defect.

If there was a risk of electrical shock or electrocution but that information wasn’t provided in or on the packaging or instructions, liability could include the manufacturer or supplier responsible for posting or including these warnings.

Other important elements will be establishing that the product was used as it was supposed to be used, and that serious or fatal injuries sustained were directly connected to the defect.

There are a variety of defective products that could result in electrical shock and electrocution injuries:

  • toys;
  • lamps;
  • power strips; and
  • electrical equipment.

Consult an attorney at The Miley Legal Group to review the details of your case and discuss filing a product liability claim.

Author Bio

Tim Miley is the Founder of Miley Legal Accident Injury Lawyers, a West Virginia personal injury law firm he formed in 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Tim received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Association. He has helped his clients win more than $10 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements and has further served the people of West Virginia by filling legislative roles in the state’s government since 2004.

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