You may be able to sue if an electric shock has caused a miscarriage. In most states, the personal representative of the estate of the embryo or the fetus that was lost in the miscarriage may also be able to sue. It will also depend on the negligence of the party or parties that created the conditions for the electric shock injury.
If an electrical accident has caused you or a loved one to suffer a miscarriage, an experienced electrocution lawyer can help you and your family protect your legal rights and ensure that you recover the best settlement possible in your case against the responsible parties.
What is a miscarriage caused by electric shock?
A miscarriage caused by electric shock occurs when the electrical current passes through the body of a pregnant woman and causes her to lose her pregnancy before the 20th week, resulting in the death of the embryo (before the end of the 10th week of pregnancy) or fetus (after beginning with the 11th week of pregnancy).
Can you sue if electric shock caused a miscarriage?
Many states around the country have similar laws. If electric shock caused a miscarriage, a lawsuit can generally be filed against the person whose wrongful or negligent act against a pregnant individual results in a miscarriage or stillbirth by that individual, or physical injury to or the death of the embryo or fetus.
The pregnant woman will bring a lawsuit against the party (or parties) responsible for the miscarriage.
And the personal representative of the estate of the embryo or fetus will bring an electrocution wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party or parties.
Generally, both noneconomic and economic damages (including the loss of the society and companionship of the deceased) can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a miscarriage and the death of an embryo or fetus.
Because all states have different laws concerning lawsuits involving miscarriage and the death of an embryo or fetus, it is very important that you seek the help of an experienced electrocution lawyer to protect your rights to the compensation, benefits and economic damages you are legally entitled to.
Can you sue if work-related electric shock caused a miscarriage?
The right to sue for a miscarriage caused by an electric shock in the workplace will depend on the laws of the state in which the injury occurred. It is likely that the pregnant woman who suffered the miscarriage will have a Workers’ Comp claim against her employer.
However, the complex and complicated issue of whether a state’s “exclusive remedy” provision in its Workers’ Comp law precludes the personal representative of the estate of the embryo or fetus from bringing an independent wrongful death claim against the employer will depend exclusively on the laws of the state in which the workplace accident in question occurred.
As mentioned above, given the complexity of the legal issues and what is at stake for the pregnant woman and her family, it is crucial that this issue be discussed thoroughly with an experienced electrocution lawyer (and an experienced Workers’ Comp lawyer for good measure).
Can getting electrocuted cause a miscarriage?
Getting electrocuted can cause a miscarriage. Whether an electrocution is fatal or non-fatal for the pregnant woman, it may result in a miscarriage and the loss of the embryo or fetus. It will depend on the circumstances of the electrocution, such how quickly acute medical care can be provided.
Can electric shock cause miscarriage?
Electric shock can cause miscarriage when the electrical current that passes through the pregnant woman’s body causes her to lose her pregnancy. It may depend on the type of electrical current and what pathway the current takes through the pregnant woman’s body.
Research suggests that “alternating current” (AC) may pose a greater risk of miscarriage than “direct current” (DC). Similarly, research also suggests that when the electrical current flows from head- or hand-to-foot it travels through the uterus, placenta and amniotic fluid, thus creating greater miscarriage risk.
Seek medical attention if you are pregnant and have come in contact with electricity and you have the following symptoms
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following after getting electrocuted: (1) Changes in fetal movement or activity; (2) Vaginal bleeding or spotting or increased discharge; (3) Pain or cramps in your lower back or abdomen; (4) Swelling of your fingers or face; (5) Severe or constant headaches; and (6) Vomiting (that is not related to morning sickness)
Get help from an experienced electric shock injury lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of serious personal injury or death caused by electricity you can call and speak with Jeff Feldman, arguably the nation’s most experienced electric shock accident and electrocution attorney. Jeff has litigated electrocution cases and electric shock injury cases in multiple states for families whose loved ones were injured or killed by electric shock, such as faulty consumer products, negligence in the building and construction industry, downed or low-hanging overhead power cables, and defective or poorly maintained pool equipment. Jeff also consults with injury lawyers throughout the country on electric shock injury and wrongful death cases involving electricity. You can call Jeff toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.