Making Ends Meet During a Wrongful Death LawsuitOctober 15, 2015
It took a few minutes before his colleagues realized there was a problem at the workstation where “Clint” (not a real person) was assigned that morning.
The sign that something had gone wrong was that parts had stopped coming down the assembly line. That wasn’t necessarily odd; the assembly line often stopped so factory workers could investigate a production issue. This time, though, the assembly line itself still was moving, but the conveyor belt was empty.
When the other workers went to find out what had happened, they found Clint slumped over his work table. The first person who called out his name moved to touch his shoulder and received a painful shock. Clint was electrified, his entire body turned into a live wire. The foreman cut the power and Clint’s colleagues began CPR. The paramedics who arrived continued efforts to save Clint’s life, but it was no use. He had been continuously electrocuted for at least three minutes before he had been found. Clint was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An outside investigation found that the tools at Clint’s workstation had not been properly inspected or maintained for more than two years before the accident that took his life. When one piece of equipment developed an electrical short, and Clint rested it on the surface of his work table, the tool was grounded through the inadequately insulated legs of the table. Clint himself became part of the circuit. The investigators also found that a better-positioned oversight location for the foreman and supervisor might have allowed them to notice Clint’s distress in time to save his life.
The investigation’s findings prompted Clint’s widow, now raising their two school-aged sons alone, to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. She had been struggling to keep the family going since Clint’s death. Friends and family had lent her a great deal of support, but finances were getting tight.
Even if the company chose to settle the lawsuit rather than let it go before a jury, several months of negotiations still lay ahead. Her attorney knew she needed money sooner than that, so he suggested that she call USClaims.
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