An 11-year-old girl was electrocuted after she tried to retrieve her ball from a lake at a miniature golf course. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the New York girl was visiting Florida with her family when they went to play a round of miniature golf at a resort. At the time, the girl attempted to take her ball out of a 2-foot-deep pond at the course, when she received an electrical shock that caused her to scream out in pain. A nearby guest heard the girl’s cry and rushed to save her but he was too late. Investigators found the pond did not have the right kind of electrical breakers installed. It is possible that water got into the electrical component of the lighting, resulting in an electrical charge and the electrocution.
Statistics Relating to Electrical Shock
According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, there are more than 30,000 injuries in the United States every year because of electric shock. There are an estimated 60 deaths nationwide because of electrocutions every year. The top three products that cause fatalities are appliances, power tools and lighting equipment. Although 70 percent of electrical injuries that children suffer occur at home, they have the potential to occur anywhere.
Places that are a draw for families such as amusement parks, water parks, or miniature golf courses often have a variety of water features, lighting displays and other items that make them attractive entertainment venues. It is imperative that the owner or operator of these venues constantly monitor their attractions including rides and lighting displays for any malfunctions and immediately repair any defects. Families that visit these types of places have a right to expect a certain degree of safety to be maintained.
Compensation for Electrical Injury Victims
There are many kinds of electrical injuries, however the most common types include burns, electric shock or fatal electrocution. Victims who have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs, medical bills, etc. Families who have lost a loved one may be able to file a wrongful death suit.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an electrical accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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Source: The New York Daily News
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