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Electric Shock Accidents and Wrongful Death

Jun 20, 2023 | Wrongful Death

Electric shock can result in various injuries, including electrical damage to the body and burns at the site of the shock-inducing instrument. That is why every shock accident must be taken seriously. If your loved one died in an electric shock accident, you must hire a lawyer to file a wrongful death claim.

The Electric Shock Accident

In general, a person who dies due to an electric shock must have enough electricity coursing through the body so that the energy shortens the body or burns out the organs. The initial injuries are frequently insufficient to cause death. Still, the individual can die if the shock somehow overloads the body. Or the organs cannot withstand the massive dosage of electricity. The accident itself frequently involves a live wire or exposure to harmful levels of electricity, as well as skin contact with the exposed area. This type of accident might occur due to either negligence or malice.

Negligence and Electric Shock

When working near electricity, someone may not take the necessary precautions to return everything to its rightful place. Thus, this can expose live wires or circuits to others in the neighborhood. Furthermore, someone who works inside a house can handle anything comparable that could endanger the homeowner or someone who lives on the property. So, this negligence may result in wrongful death litigation, in which the professional or an insurance company will be held liable for a settlement to pay the survivor’s compensation for the death and all relevant losses.

Damages that a Surviving Family Member can Recover

A wrongful death case is frequently filed whenever a person dies due to electric shock. In general, some damages will apply to a funeral and all linked expenses for this process. The biggest problem is the deceased person’s lack of income. If he was earning money to support a family or household, the damages for compensation might include the loss of the current average weekly or monthly earnings. This can also include calculating how much the person would earn for the rest of his or her life, which could increase due to promotion or wage increases customary in particular fields.

The surviving family or estate representative may sue the corporation, employer, or the person who caused the death for wrongful death. Typically, the insurance company or business will pay for the following:

  • The loss of income
  • The loss of former status or living standards
  • Burial expenses
  • Medical costs

The family may require treatment to recover from the shock. Therapy will help them cope, move on from the death, and counsel them for sadness or trauma. Specific damages may assist with losing the quality of life and existing and future medical bills.

Calculating Damages

The wrongful death claims estimate is based on the deceased person’s life expectancy. His years of average life add up to calculate how much money he may earn in the same business on average. Any time off, sick days, or other periods could boost this. There are cases when the individual survived the initial electrical shock and required medical treatment until his body could no longer support life. The individual’s death will result in funeral costs and possible medical costs. The lawyer chosen for the case will add these elements to all other damages.

Pecuniary rewards are included in these cases when the calculations also incorporate the following:

  • Inheritance chances
  • Loss of assistance
  • And the loss of services the individual would contribute to the home

The lawyer adds all these figures to estimate the range of possible compensation awards for the surviving fam.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Today!

KAASS LAW attorneys obtained notable recoveries for victims of electrical shock accidents. We are here to provide assistance and aggressive representation to pursue justice. For a consultation with experienced trial lawyers with proven results, call us at 310-933-5171.

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