There is no doubt about it: Some types of work can be very dangerous. From construction work and driving jobs to oil field work and maritime jobs, there are inherent risks in many careers. When a death occurs in the workplace, the victim’s family may receive death benefits from worker’s compensation. However, did you know that there may be third parties that could be held liable for the worker’s death?
When a workplace death occurs, the family may be so overwrought with pain that it just seems easier to sign away whatever rights they may have. Businesses and insurance companies do not want to pay out any more than they absolutely have to, so they may pressure a worker’s family to sign paperwork to receive a settlement.
As attorneys familiar with the practices of such companies, we want our clients to know that we will work diligently to get them the money deserve for their loved one’s death. Some examples of third parties that might be listed as defendants in a workplace related death include:
— Defective workplace equipment manufacturers.
— Companies that own cargo ships that cause a maritime accident.
— Construction companies that do not follow asbestos removal protocols.
— Drivers of semi-trucks that cause a work-related death. The driver’s employer may also be held liable.
As you can see, there are a number of different entities and individuals that could be held responsible for a loved one’s death at work. However, you need an experienced legal team to know how to pursue compensation and who has the resources to do so.
We understand what a difficult time this is. We want to take care of the legal aspect of your loved one’s death while you concentrate on healing and moving forward. To learn more about work-related deaths, please visit our webpage on the topic.