What damage claims are made in electric accident lawsuits?


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A: The nature and extent of damages claims in an electric accident case vary with each case.  Factors such as whether the accident resulted in death, the kinds of physical injuries, etc. will all determine what kinds of damage claims are made.

For cases which result in death, the state’s wrongful death and survival laws dictate what the survivors can recover. In Pennsylvania, for example, survivors in a wrongful death action can recover medical bills, funeral expenses, estate administration expenses, and the financial losses caused by the death (i.e., lost wages, etc.).

In Pennsylvania, a survival action may be brought only if the decedent survived for some period and was conscious prior to death. In a survival action, the basis of the damages is the pain and suffering of the decedent. This claim passes to the survivors.

For non-death cases, the damage claims will also vary with the case. Common damage claims in an electric accident case include:

  • pain and suffering,
  • lost wages, and
  • medical bills.

It is important to note that electric shock accident cases usually result in severe burns and related injuries, such as disfigurement and scarring. Pain and suffering damages include financial compensation for these kinds of injuries. Learn more about litigating damage claims in electric accident lawsuits.

For electric accidents which occur at work, there is likely to be a workers’ compensation claim. Read more about making workers’ compensation claims in work accident cases in Pennsylvania.

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