Electrocution accidents can occur in several different ways. Many people are electrocuted at work, at home, or while visiting someone else. Where and how your loved one’s fatal electrocution injuries occurred may affect the type of damages you can recover and the process you need to navigate to recover compensation for your losses.
An electrocution accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA at Berger and Green will review the circumstances of your injury and help you understand your options for trying to get the money you need to get back on your feet. Our personal injury attorneys will explain your rights and help you make an educated decision on how you want to proceed.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation with a member of our team.
Damages Available in a Pittsburgh Electrocution Accident Case
The damages recoverable in a Pittsburgh electrocution accident depend on whether your loved one was working at the time of the accident, and if we can identify a negligent third party who caused the injuries.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If your loved one was working, you may be limited to only recovering the benefits available through workers’ compensation in some cases. This is because we cannot file a lawsuit against your loved one’s employer to hold it liable.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act ensures the vast majority of workers in Pittsburgh can get workers’ compensation benefits after a workplace injury or death. After a work-related death, these benefits include:
- Funeral expenses
- A portion of your loved one’s lost wages
- Death benefits for dependents
If the workers’ compensation insurance company denies your claim, you will need to take additional action. In most cases, we can go to bat for you and try to recover the benefits you need and deserve. We will also analyze your case to try to identify any liable parties outside of your employer.
Wrongful Death Benefits
If a third party caused your loved one’s fatal injuries — no matter if your loved one was working or not — we may be able to win a wrongful death settlement or verdict on your behalf. A wrongful death settlement or verdict may contain compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages/lost earning capacity
- Loss of services
- Loss of guidance, society, comfort
We can also help you recover compensation if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a non-fatal electric shock accident.
An Electrocution Accident on Private Property
If your loved one’s electrocution accident occurred on private property and your loved one was not working at the time, we can help you understand what led to the accident and identify any potentially liable parties.
For example, imagine your neighbor is having a pool party. During the party, your loved one touches a light near the pool and gets electrocuted. We may be able to file an insurance claim based on your neighbor’s homeowner’s policy or file a wrongful death suit against the homeowner to recover the compensation you need to cover your losses.
Fighting for Compensation After an Electrocution Accident in Pittsburgh
We will look into your electrocution accident case, identifying any and all liable parties and collecting evidence to build a robust case. Once we have a strategy in place to go after the compensation you need, we will approach the liable party or its insurance company with a demand letter. This letter contains:
- Information about our case against its policyholder
- Details about your loved one’s death and your expenses and losses (or your injuries and losses, if filing after an electric shock accident)
- A demand for a fair payout based on the facts of your case
There are several possible outcomes, but the most common thing that happens is the insurance company responds with a counter-offer. This begins settlement negotiations, and we are often able to reach a fair settlement agreement at this point in the process.
There are some situations when we may need to pursue a civil lawsuit instead of relying on settlement negotiations with the insurance company. This includes:
- The insurance company denies our claim.
- The insurance company refuses a fair settlement agreement.
- The liable party does not have insurance.
If we believe the best option is to litigate your case, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We will represent you throughout this process, answering all your questions and concerns, and presenting our case to the Judge and jury.
Talk to an Electrocution Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
We know that no amount of money can bring back your loved one. However, filing a claim and recovering the compensation you need to make ends meet can allow you the time and freedom you need to grieve your loss.
The wrongful death attorneys from Berger and Green will review your case for free, and help you understand your options for compensation.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary initial meeting with a member of our team.