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Electricity does more than "shock" Poplar resident

Electricity does more than "shock" Poplar resident

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 18-Feb-2016

Electricity is a modern day necessity. Everywhere you go everyone is plugged in, on line, and staying in touch. We take electricity for granted.

The distribution and delivery of electricity is one of the most dangerous activities that takes place as part of our every day lives. Because of that, we rely upon those companies that deliver that electricity to us to do so in a safe and reasonable manner. They are held to a high standard of care because the risks involved with electricity are dramatic. When one of those companies fails to safely maintain its distribution system, it exposes all of us to the risk of life altering injuries.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time was the beginning of a nightmare of a Poplar resident caused by Southern California Edison Company’s failure to safely maintain its distribution system.

When a power line broke and fell dangling from a power pole next to the man’s business, the man went outside to explore what caused the loud "explosion". Not knowing the power line was dangling dangerously from the power pole and bouncing against a propane truck, the man walked into a situation that nobody could be prepared for. As the man realized what was going on, the power line touched the ground near him and the electricity traveled through the ground into the man’s leg. According to the emergency room doctor, the electricity traveled into his body through one foot and came out the other.

The result was a small burn to the big toe on his right foot, with associated pain and tingling. The injury did not seem too bad, but the man could not envision at that time the nightmare he was just dragged into by the negligence of this gigantic electricity company.

Edison was ready. Their investigator was on the scene telling the injured man that Edison would not be responsible for his injuries because the man was refusing to take an ambulance to the emergency room. The man is the proprietor of a retail business and he had responsibilities. Obviously, Edison’s sole concern was their own liability and not the well being of a member of society that was obviously and severely harmed by its negligence.

Over the next three years, the man received medical care and was eventually diagnosed with an unusual neurological condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrom. CRPS, sometimes called RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a permanent and life changing condition in which a person’s body feels pain in an area but the source of the pain is solely the result of the disruption of pain signals being received by the brain. The effected area does not have any actual physical injury that generates the pain.

The Dunnion Law Firm retained the best expert regarding this condition and after three years of denial and refusal to accept responsibility, faced with a trial only sixty days away, Edison finally acknowledged its responsibility for this man’s plight by agreeing to pay the man $1,250,000.00.

If you are hurt, don’t let the large corporate companies or insurance companies tell you what to do. Even if your doctors don’t know what is wrong but you are in pain, don’t quit. Call The Dunnion Law Firm and we will guide you and make sure you are compensated for the injuries that you sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.