Types of Lawsuits in Electrocution Injury Cases
The four types of electrocution injury lawsuits commonly due to electric shocks caused by negligence are:
1. Product Liability Lawsuits
These lawsuits are brought when a plaintiff (a consumer) holds a seller or manufacturer liable for placing a dangerous or defective product in their hands. Responsibility can lie with all sellers in the distribution chain. Product liability lawsuits occur at the state level. An electrocution injury lawyer can bring a product liability lawsuit under the theories of negligence, breach of warranty, or strict liability.
2. Workplace Injury Lawsuits
Workplaces are among the most common places where electrocution injury and electric shock accidents occur.
Workplace environments and occupations with high rates of electrocution accidents include:
- Construction sites
- Mining sites
- Utility workers
- Maintenance workers
Workers’ Compensation usually covers claims arising from a workplace injury. Workers generally don’t have to prove that their employer was at fault for their accident to receive compensation. However, if another business or person may be liable for negligence for causing an electric shock, or if the employer was especially negligent in causing an electric shock, or in some states if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, a workplace lawsuit can be filed to obtain compensation and hold the liable party accountable.
3. Premises Liability Lawsuits
A property owner may be liable for any dangerous conditions on their premises that existed at the time of an electrocution injury. Property owners and occupiers owe others a certain duty of care to maintain their premises and warn them about any dangerous conditions. In premises liability lawsuits, the plaintiff must prove:
- The defendant(s) owned, controlled, or occupied the property
- The plaintiff suffered injury or harm
- The defendant was negligent in maintaining or using their property
- The said negligence caused the plaintiff’s harm
4. Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If the initial electric shock was death by electrocution, the surviving family members might have a valid wrongful death case. Under this claim, the surviving spouse, children, or an estate representative can initiate a wrongful death electric shock lawsuit against the liable party responsible for the resultant damages.
Who Can Be Held Liable in Electrocution Lawsuits?
The law bases liability in electric shock accidents on negligence. Therefore, the law only holds a negligent party responsible for damages that their wrongful actions cause. Victims can hold the following parties liable in electrocution lawsuits:
- Property owners and landlords
- Construction companies
- City governments
- Utility companies
- Entertainment venues (in some states)
In an electrocution lawsuit, the victim must prove that the party was responsible for the negligence which caused the injury.
What Damages Can I Recover in an Electric Shock Injury Lawsuit?
An electrocution injury lawyer can help plaintiffs seek the following damages after an accident:
- Medical bills, supplies and emergency treatments
- Prescription medication
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings from missed work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
In the case of death by electrocution, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their loss and hold the responsible party liable.
What Do I Have to Prove in an Electric Shock Injury Lawsuit?
To recover damages, after an electrocution injury, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, they (defendant) breached that duty through negligence, and that the negligence played a considerable role in causing the injury or death by electrocution.
Finding the Leading Electrocution Injury Lawyer
An experienced electrocution injury lawyer helps victims get compensation for damages, understand how to file their case correctly, and what parties to hold liable. Attorneys can help their clients recover their losses in full and reduce the hassle of dealing directly with legal and insurance claims.
How the Law Center Can Help
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