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Wrongful Death- Electrical Lineman Electrocuted on the Job
Our client was an experienced electrical lineman from Somerset County. He was working on a project to upgrade a power substation of a smeltering plant of a large aluminum company when he was killed by a high voltage, electrical arc. We filed a wrongful death action on behalf of his family. Our investigation uncovered that the aluminum company placed profits over safety by creating an unsafe work environment when they refused to completely de-energize the substation so the work could be safely performed. In addition, we discovered that they allowed work overhead of and too close to energized lines in violation of their own safety policies. As a result, our client was shocked by 34,500 volts.
Our client, only 55 years old, suffered massive electrical burns and injuries. He remained in an intensive care unit for many days before he succumbed to his injuries. In a futile attempt to save his life, both of his arms had been amputated. Despite the denials of the aluminum company and general contractor of any negligent conduct and claims that our client’s negligent conduct caused his own death, the defendants agreed to a sizable settlement. The proceeds went to the benefit of our client’s wife and adult child.