Causes of Fatal Electrocution

Wrongful Death Dan - November 11, 2019
Fort Wayne wrongful death attorneys

Electrical accidents – and in particular those that happen on the job – can occur for a variety of different reasons. In some instances, an electrical injury can even be fatal. If someone you love was electrocuted in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should contact the knowledgeable Fort Wayne wrongful death attorneys at Blackburn & Green as soon as possible. 

Our legal team can investigate the circumstances behind your loved one’s accidental death and may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim or lawsuit on behalf of your loved one’s estate. Give us a call today at (260) 422-4400 or contact us online for more information about how we could assist you.

Common Causes of Fatal Electrocution Injuries

Electrocution injuries and deaths can occur while a person is working on the job, but they do not have to. These accidents can also occur for several different reasons. Some of the most common causes of fatal electrocution injuries include the following:

  • Working conditions that are not safe
  • Wiring which is defective, antiquated, or unsafe
  • Absent safety protocols on the job
  • Direct contact with electrical power lines
  • Workplace machinery or equipment which is defective or antiquated
  • Workers on the job who are inexperienced – especially around wiring

If your loved one suffers a fatal electrocution injury in one of these types of accidents, a Fort Wayne wrongful death lawyer may be able to set up a claim on your loved one’s behalf. 

Setting up a Wrongful Death Claim

In order to establish a wrongful death claim against the party or parties at fault for a fatal electrocution injury, an estate must first be opened on the deceased individual’s behalf. Moreover, the court must appoint a personal representative for that estate. In most instances, the estate’s personal representative is the deceased spouse, sibling, parent, or adult child. 

Once the estate has been opened and a personal representative named, a claim for damages may be filed against the responsible individual or entity. As part of a wrongful death claim, the estate could recover damages for loss of financial support from the decedent, loss of household services from the decedent, loss of parental support, funeral costs, burial expenses, and medical expenses incurred up to the date of the decedent’s death. The estate could also recover damages for legal fees that were incurred in order to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. 

Contact a Fort Wayne Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Wrongful death claims can sometimes be difficult to prove. Witness testimony – especially expert witness testimony from an accident reconstructionist – becomes extremely important in these cases. The Fort Wayne wrongful death attorneys at Blackburn & Green could help you investigate the circumstances of the fatal electrocution accident that caused your loved one’s death. We can then assist you with filing your wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the person or persons who were responsible. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Fort Wayne wrongful death lawyer, call us today at (260) 422-4400 or contact us online.

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