Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.
Free ConsultationAll calls answered 24/75 convenient locations
Click Here To Call Now
215-392-4217 Local
800-724-2323 Toll free
to Our Offices
Toggle Menu Email Contact
Toggle View Our Practice Areas

Family files wrongful death suit against Pennsylvania contractors

When it comes to workplace safety, contractors in Pennsylvania are no different from employers of companies anywhere in the country. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of workers they hire for projects. They are mandated by state agencies and law, and often by insurance companies, to identify and address on-the-job hazards that can cause workplace accidents.

One mother is alleging that her son died in April 2013 because the company that hired him to do electrical work never identified a potential hazard. The man had been employed as an independent contractor when he allegedly touched an ungrounded copper wire and was electrocuted while doing work on the second floor of a house under construction.

The plaintiff has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against four Philadelphia-area companies and two homeowners, citing 20 incidents of negligence. The plaintiff's suit alleges that the copper wire was not properly discharged, leading to her son's electrocution and death.

The plaintiff's suit holds the defendants responsible for allowing the man to work in unsafe conditions. The four contractors and their employees allegedly failed several times to warn the work accident victim of the potential danger inside the electrical panel he was assigned to work on. In addition, the two homeowners were blamed for allowing contractors to work on their property without first securing the proper permits from the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections. The wrongful death lawsuit is seeking $50,000 in damages for each count.

The loss of a family member in a workplace accident can be overwhelming to other family members, particularly if the incident was preventable. A wrongful death lawsuit can provide a legal remedy that can bring compensation in cases where negligence is an established factor.

Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Family of man electrocuted seeks damages from employers," Jim Boyle, July 1, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Philadelphia Office
1525 Locust Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Toll Free: 800-724-2323
Phone: 215-392-4217
Fax: 215-732-2289
Philadelphia Law Office Map

Reading Office
38 N 6th Street
Reading, PA 19601

Phone: 215-392-4217
Reading Law Office Map

Allentown Office
612 Hamilton Street
The Trifecta Building
2nd Floor
Allentown, PA 18101

Phone: 215-392-4217
Allentown Law Office Map

Lancaster Office
8 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 215-392-4217
Lancaster Law Office Map

Cherry Hill Office
457 Haddonfield Rd, Suite 540
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Phone: 215-392-4217
Cherry Hill Law Office Map