We’re trial lawyers. Our core competency – above everything else – is trying cases to juries. And we specialize in beating giants.
We’re trial lawyers. Our core competency – above everything else – is trying cases to juries. And we specialize in beating giants.
While technology advancements have enabled us to have amenities like lighting and heat from electricity running into our homes, that electricity can also pose a danger when it’s not monitored or set up properly. When electric currents run through a person’s body, the effects could be catastrophic. Electrocution injuries can happen for many reasons, and one of those reasons could be the negligence of another person.
When someone else caused your electric shock injury, or it was the fault of the electric company or electrician who wired your home, then you deserve justice for what you’ve suffered. Our Minneapolis electrocution lawyer at Madia Law LLC can help you recover compensation for the injuries and damages that you’ve incurred. We’ll investigate what happened and ensure that your rights are protected so that you can recover financially while also recovering physically and emotionally.
Electric currents are nothing to take lightly—workers must always be careful around them and ensure that they are properly wired. If even one person on a work site is negligent, it can result in an electrocution of anyone around wiring or the electric current. Electricians aren’t the only workers at risk of being electrocuted—any worker on the site can fall victim at any time.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), properly monitoring and working with electrical currents can prevent about 120 deaths and 50,000 injuries each year in the United States. When electricity isn’t properly handled, it can lead to electric shock injuries, burns, lacerations, or even falls. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the causes of electrocution.
Some causes of electric shock injuries are:
Whether you’re a worker who was injured on the jobsite, or a person who was electrocuted by a defective household product, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Someone else’s negligence caused your damages, and you shouldn’t have to deal with them on your own. That’s why our Minneapolis electrocution lawyer is dedicated to helping you financially recover from your injuries and damages.
There are two different types of electric shock that you can experience. Electrocution is caused by an electrical current flowing through a person’s body. There are two categories of currents, they are direct and alternating. The type of current and its strength are what determine how severe the damage is done to a victim of electric shock, according to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Direct current (DC) means that there is a constant flow of energy in one direction. These are found in batteries, or in tools like defibrillators. Alternating currents (AC) are when the flow of energy rhythmically changes direction. Most houses have AC currents. Depending on the intensity, different currents can pose different injuries for victims.
Most houses use low frequency currents, which means that the damage done won’t be as severe. However, on work sites or with high-powered machinery, the current is likely stronger and can pose a greater risk to those who are around the flow of energy. That’s why it’s important to always follow precautions on job sites. Even if the current is low, though, it’s still important to be careful in your home or with electric objects so that you don’t suffer from an electric shock injury.
Even when you’re careful, you still might get electrocuted from someone else’s negligence. A Minneapolis electrocution lawyer can help you with your claim so that you can get justice for your injuries. Let’s take a look at what some of those injuries might be.
When an electrical current surges through your body, it can cause serious injuries. Different currents can cause different effects on your body, and thus different injuries. If the frequency is lower, then it’s likely your muscles will be what is damaged the most. This can still be serious because the heart is also a muscle and it can change its rhythm. If it’s a higher or stronger frequency, you might also sustain burns as it surges through you.
Here are all the different types of damages you could sustain from electrical currents going through your body:
Although this might seem counter-intuitive, low-frequency currents are more likely to cause the death of an electrical shock victim. This is because they can alter the heart’s rhythm and make life-long problems if the shock doesn’t cause an arrest that kills you immediately.
If burns occur, they are likely most severe where the current entered the body and where it exited. The damage done to the rest of the body depends on how long the current stayed in the body and the intensity of the flow of energy.
Shocks can happen to anyone at any time. If your child is exposed to an outlet, or a worker on a construction site is exposed to live wires, both could suffer from serious injuries that threaten their lives. When the danger is caused by someone else’s carelessness, you should fight to recover damages with the help of our Minneapolis electrocution attorney.
You shouldn’t have to deal with your electrical shock injuries on your own. An electrocution lawyer from Madia Law can fully investigate what caused your shock injuries and who was responsible for the current that entered your body. Once we determine who needs to be held liable for your damages, we can calculate what you’re owed.
From there, we’ll fight to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages. We can’t reverse what you’ve gone through, but we can get you the justice you deserve.
We have a process that works in getting exceptional results for our clients.
We are trial lawyers who prepare every case for trial from Day 1. Investigation and legal research are the first things we do, and we spend a lot of time on them. Because we haven’t filed the case yet, we have complete control – the defendant has no say and we want to use this time wisely. We interview witnesses that can help us prove the case. We’ll ask you for all relevant documents in your possession and review those carefully as well. We also will spend some time conducting legal research about unique issues in the case. We pull the jury instructions that the judge will ultimately charge the jury with after closing arguments at trial.
Our next step is typically to send a demand letter to the defendant. In the letter, we thoroughly lay out: the facts surrounding the defendant’s misconduct; the applicable law (including statutory and case citations) that make clear that the defendant broke the law; an analysis of your damages and the defendant’s monetary exposure; a demand for a monetary amount to settle the claim; and an instruction to preserve all relevant evidence, including electronic evidence. The point of this letter is to give the defendant a chance to do the right thing and pay a fair amount before litigation, and to give the defendant an opportunity to present any defenses or evidence it wants us to consider before moving forward. Sometimes we skip the demand letter if there are strategic reasons to move straight to filing, but we typically give defendants a chance to do the right thing.
If early negotiations fail, great – we file a Complaint and serve the defendant with it. A Complaint is a legal document that states the facts of what happened and alleges how the defendant broke the law. It formally starts the lawsuit. Many lawyers draft complaints in a general and relatively vague way, just to get it done and filed – because that’s all that’s really required. We take a different view. We view the Complaint as our first chance to tell your story to the judge, and we take it seriously. So we draft detailed complaints and include legal citations to statutory and judicial authority on unique points. Sometimes we’ll include a number of exhibits, diagrams, or other demonstrative aids to help the Court understand our claims. A secondary benefit of this approach is that defense lawyers reading the Complaint can become educated on the problems of their case and the state of the law – sometimes this leads them to reach out to us shortly after service of the Complaint to re-initiate settlement negotiations. Of course, by that time, the price for settlement has gone up.
Some lawyers view written discovery as a necessary evil – something to get done and out of the way before depositions. Not us. Written discovery is a gift and an opportunity. We spend a great deal of time crafting requests for documents and interrogatories (questions for the defendant to answer in writing) that are specific, detailed, and tailored to get what we need to prove our case. Many lawyers – even great ones – think written discovery is a waste of time because defense lawyers typically answer them on behalf of their clients and can try to stonewall with legalese and objections. We view this as a wonderful opportunity. In our experience, most defense lawyers can’t help themselves when answering discovery: they over-state their defenses and make assertions that their clients will not be able to support in testimony. So we get to commit the defendant to defenses that they can’t back up, leading to contradictions, confusion, and chaos in their depositions later on. We also use Requests for Admission – which many lawyers don’t. The Federal Rules and Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure allow us to ask defendants to “admit” certain facts. We send them RFAs that are very difficult for them to deny. Of course, they do it anyway, but that sets them up later for cost and fee-shifting, which the Rules mandate for defendants that deny RFAs that are later proven true. And usually, we can get the defendants’ own witnesses to admit facts that their defense lawyers denied in RFA. That’s a great situation that leads to more chaos and confusion on the defense side.
One last point on written discovery – we send multiple waves of it throughout discovery. We typically send 3 or 4 sets of written discovery requests to defendants throughout discovery. This compounds the problems for them, because the defense lawyers continue to overstate their defenses, but now run into contradictions from not just the defendant witnesses’ deposition testimony, but also their own previous discovery responses. This makes for a great record that we can present to the judge at dispositive motions, and use for impeachment at trial.
This is our chance to question relevant witnesses, on the record with a court reporter (we typically videotape important depositions as well). We get to confront the defense witnesses with all of the evidence we’ve developed through written discovery and document production. By this time, the defendant put its witnesses in an impossible position through its written defenses, which are often untrue and indefensible. So the witness has to either lie to support the defense, or admit it’s not true. That’s a dilemma that works for our clients either way, no matter which option the witness takes. We use depositions to expose contradictions, create a record for dispositive motions, lock witnesses into their stories so that we can impeach them later at trial, and sometimes, to show defense lawyers how hopeless their case is. We often calls from defense counsel shortly after depositions of their clients, seeking to re-start settlement negotiations.
The defendant will usually make a motion for summary judgment after discovery, asking the Court to throw out the case without having a jury trial. Because we’ve hit discovery so hard – both through written discovery and depositions – this is a tough motion for defense counsel to write in our cases. We draft our response for the Court and now get to bring everything together: the admissions, contradictions, nonsense, and obvious fact disputes that we’ve uncovered through discovery. We tell a compelling story that wraps everything together for the Court and makes clear that the defense motion has to be denied, and the defendant needs to face a jury for its conduct.
Sometimes, we’ll even make an affirmative motion for summary judgment, asking the Court to grant judgment in favor of our client without a trial. These motions are generally rare for plaintiffs to make, because the defendant can usually point to some fact dispute on its intent or some other factor that necessitates a trial. But we make affirmative summary judgment motions significantly more than is typical for plaintiffs, and that’s because the work we put in during discovery helps build a fantastic record to do so.
After the Court denies the defense motion for summary judgment, the defendant has only 2 options: 1) do the right thing and pay you a fair amount to our client to settle your claim (usually much, much more at this point than the defendant could have paid at the beginning of the case to settle); or 2) face a jury for its conduct and risk an enormous verdict. This is the dilemma that we have been creating and forcing the defendant into for the entire case. We’ll engage in settlement negotiations at this point from a position of extreme strength, mainly because most defendants are (rightly) terrified of facing a jury to defend their conduct.
This is, candidly, our favorite part of the case – why we went to law school: to hold the powerful accountable before juries. We prepare heavily for trial, including: detailed witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials. At this point, the potential outcomes and consequences for the defendant are much more severe than if it simply did the right thing at the beginning of the case and paid a fair amount to compensate our client for its misconduct. As we advocate to the jury for our client, we’re also mindful of protecting the record so that defendants will be unsuccessful in attacking the verdict in post-trial motions or appeal.