An 18-year-old man died last October from electrocution while working in the Williamson Trade School’s power shop plant. According to the Delaware Daily Times, his family filed a lawsuit against the school. The suit alleges that the man was not trained or supervised properly and that the school lacked safety equipment.
Electrocution occurs when a person is killed after being exposed to a lethal amount of energy. To cause serious damage, the human body must be exposed to an active electrical circuit having a current capable of over stimulating the nervous system or causes damage to internal organs.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that an average of 411 fatalities due to electric hazards occur every year at job sites. Electrocution accidents in Pennsylvania and nationwide can be prevented. If proper precautions and safety measures were not taken or were ignored, causing severe electrical injuries or electrocution, negligence may apply to more than one party.
If you or someone you love was electrocuted on another person’s property and the premise owner was negligent in causing the injury accident, you may have grounds for filing a premises liability or wrongful death case. Signs of electrical shock include burns, respiratory failure, spinal cord injury, cardiac arrest, headaches, hearing problems, unconsciousness, tingling, weakness, numbness, seizures, muscle pain, broken bones, deformity, and heart arrhythmia. In a wrongful death lawsuit, family members of the wrongful death victim can sue the negligent party or parties for damages related to the loss of life and their own pain and suffering.
It is recommended that families who think their family member’s death was wrongful first contact a Philadelphia wrongful death attorney for a case assessment. If the case is valid, the attorney can help investigate the claim, gather evidence, represent them in court, and collect the compensation they deserve. The Pennsylvania accident attorneys at Cherry, Fieger, Marciano can help you find justice and compensation for your loved one’s death. Call us today for a free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal rights.