Wrongful Death: Job Site Accident
Did a Job Site Accident Take a Loved One's Life?
The death of a loved one changes everything. In mere moments, your life is changed. Losing a partner or family member is devastating. An unexpected death often leaves you with unanswered questions: Who's responsible for this? How did this happen? How will we make ends meet?
Fatal on-the-job accidents are difficult to accept, and you may be looking for answers. Many job sites, especially industrial construction workers, are often put in harms way for their line of work.
With many different companies working on the same job site, there are often questions regarding who was at fault for the accident. This is called third party liability, and it can change the way your loved one's fatal accident claim is handled.
Third Party Negligence or Workers' Compensation?
If your loved one suffered a fatal accident at their place of work, then Workers' Compensation has an obligation to compensate the surviving dependent family members. Typically this would result in payment to a widow or widower, surviving children, or dependent parents in certain circumstances.
However, unexpected deaths at a job site might not always be the fault of the employer. In many fields – especially large construction jobs – there may be many contractors and companies sharing a job site. If your loved one was killed through the negligence or actions of another company, then there may be a third party claim.
Third party claims are handled differently than Workers' Compensation claims, and it can be tricky to understand how it could affect you and your family. If you have any questions after the death of a loved one at a job site, please contact us immediately. It's always free to speak with us, and we're available any time at 412-668-5335.
4 Most Common Causes of Workplace Fatalities
Every year, workers put themselves in harms way to do their jobs. This is especially true for those working on large construction sites, fracking wells, and workplaces where many companies are present. The 4 most common workplace fatalities are caused by:
- Struck by an Object
- Caught-in/Between Equipment
10 Most Frequent OSHA Safety Violations
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was formed to regulate the safe working conditions of job sites and business throughout America. Companies are required to adhere to many safety regulations to protect their workers. Unfortunately, companies don't always take the necessary precautions.
These are the 10 most frequent OSHA safety violations:
- Lack of Fall Protection
- Lack of Signs for Hazardous Materials
- Unsafe Scaffolding
- Lack of Proper Respiratory Protection
- Unsafe Operation of Industrial Trucks
- Unsafe Procedures During Machine Maintenance
- Dangerous Ladders
- Unsafe/Live Electrical Wiring Methods
- Lack of Machinery Safeguards
- Improper Electrical Systems
Our Law Firm Can Help After a Fatal Workplace Accident
A loved one's unexpected death is a life-changing event. Saying goodbye to a family member because of an avoidable workplace accident is unfair. Our law firm can help protect the legal rights of your lost loved one and seek justice for you and your family.
Contact our legal professionals for free at 412-668-5335 or simply complete the form in the top right corner of this page. We're available any time to speak with you, and we'll answer your legal questions.
Osha.gov,. 'Commonly Used Statistics'. N.p., 2015. Web. 14 Aug. 2015.