When Can I Sue for Electrocution?

Electricians are not the only professionals at risk of death or injury by electrocution. Approximately 140 construction workers are killed on the job each year by coming in contact with electricity. Carpenters, roofers, cement workers and machine technicians are at an elevated risk of electric shock. Contact with electricity can cause severe burns, ventricular fibrillation and death.

Defective Product Electrocution

Defective or dangerous consumer products can cause several different types of injuries. Electrocution as a result of a defective product can result in extremely serious injuries or death. Product-related electrocutions account for approximately 100 deaths every year. If you’ve been electrocuted by a consumer product, the manufacturer should be held liable for the defective product or for not properly warning consumers of the risks involved with the product’s use.

Lawsuits Resulting from Electrocution

When a person dies from electrocution, the surviving family members bay have a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible, and be able to recover compensation for:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of care and comfort

Even if an injury is not fatal, you can file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Plaintiffs in electrocution claims can receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement

Often, the claim is against just the employer, but there are often other parties involved. If you’ve lost a family member due to electrocution, or have been severely injured in an accident involving electricity, schedule a consultation right away with an experienced injury attorney to determine the best course of action.


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