Electric shock accidents often occur at worksites or construction sites. They also occur at home. For instance, a homeowner using a power tool may be electrocuted due to a faulty wire. Oftentimes, the results are catastrophic. Many individuals who suffer an electric shock are killed.
Electric accident lawsuits, whether it’s an electrical accident at home or work, are fundamentally the same as other injury and tort lawsuits, such as defective product injury cases. In fact, some of the most common claims in electric accident cases in PA are product injury or liability claims.
Who is liable?
In addition, electric accident lawsuits often involve negligence claims against multiple parties, such as contractors, subcontractors and electric or utility companies.
Filing a lawsuit to recover for injuries like electrical accident injuries begins with hiring a qualified lawyer who investigates the case. After the investigation is complete, a lawsuit will be filed naming all the potentially liable parties. The claims and actual defendants vary depending on the reasons for the accident.
What happens in the lawsuit?
After the case is filed, the parties will engage in discovery (case investigation, depositions, etc.). Once complete, the case will be moved along for trial or settlement. Generally, these cases take anywhere between 1 and 3 years to complete, excluding time for any appeals. Read about what happens in an electric accident lawsuit in PA or NJ here.
How is the case resolved?
Electric accident cases are usually resolved by way of a settlement, whereby the parties agree to a resolution. If the case is successful, settlement usually involves a monetary amount that the defendant pays to the plaintiff. About 10% of cases will result in a trial which often takes a few days or longer, depending on the issues.
Related Legal Articles:
- Litigating Damages in Electric Shock, Thermal and Chemical Burns Lawsuits (February 9, 2013) Electric accidents and electric shock accidents often result in significant injuries and burns to the body, especially at the point of entry such as an arm, leg or torso. In addition, there will be an entrance and exit wound.
- Electrical Accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Common OSHA Violations Resulting in Injury (April 11, 2012) Electric shock accidents on the job or at work can result in serious injuries such as, death, cardiac arrest, electrical burns, muscle and tissue damage, amputations, disfigurement and scarring. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) electrical standards are often violated, thus leading to electric shock accidents.
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Last updated: May 21, 2015