According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, more than 4,600 workers are typically killed while performing their jobs in the United States each year. Workplace fatalities are not only devastating for family members left behind, but they can have a significant impact on a family’s financial stability.
It is imperative that workplace accidents be thoroughly investigated so that all responsible parties and all potential sources of compensation can be identified. Often, survivors of those who die in workplace accidents have legal rights to recover damages from careless property owners’ insurance, manufacturers, and other companies that contributed to the accident. These contributing parties, and other non-employers, are not protected by workers’ compensation laws, and may be required to pay compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit if their negligence contributed to the fatal accident.
A wrongful death claim is a legal claim alleging that a loved one’s death was caused as a result of a willful or wrongful act, or the negligence of another person or entity. It is important to remember that a wrongful death lawsuit does not replace workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, money recovered in a lawsuit against a non-employer, such as those listed above, is in addition to any benefits that may be provided through workers’ compensation.
If the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit is found to be liable, damages awarded to the victim’s family may include:
If a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death situation, you may qualify for damages. Please contact our office to make an appointment and speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your options.