When a victim’s husband filed a personal injury lawsuit in 2009 after his wife was fatally electrocuted, he had no idea that a jury would award him such a large sum of money. However, the jurors selected for the case felt that the plaintiff was entitled to $109 million after his spouse was burned alive in the backyard of their Pennsylvania home four years ago.
Sources like ABC News reported that the victim, who was 39 years old when she died, was behind her house calling 911 because she noticed trees that were on fire. In the middle of her call, a power line fell on top of her. She screamed and her two young children and husband came out to see what was the matter. As they tried to rescue her, they too were burned. Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported her to a nearby Allegheny hospital where she was pronounced dead three days later.
The wrongful death suit claims that the power company was negligent in training employees how to use tools that would keep the power lines in good shape.
“There’s definitely relief knowing that the company’s recklessness and carelessness was taken into account,” the victim’s brother-in-law told the media outlet. “[My sister-in-law] was heard yesterday in court. This was a human being that died. We finally got some justice.”
If someone you know has died because of a company’s negligence, then consider scheduling a consultation with personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia who will work hard on your behalf. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages that you may be entitled to.