In the United States, our jobs are often a significant part of our lives and even our identities. People take pride in working hard to contribute to their households, save for retirement, and have an enjoyable lifestyle. However, with all of the benefits of hard work also comes certain risks of accidents and injuries in the workplace. Sometimes, workplace accidents can even be fatal.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,821 people died due to their jobs in 2014 alone in the United States. This comes out to about 92 people each week losing their lives because they went to work. This leaves numerous families throughout New Jersey and the U.S. grieving their sudden losses and wanting justice for their loved ones.
Workplace deaths can occur for many reasons, including the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents involving power tools
- Accidents involving heavy equipment
- Toxic exposure
- Explosions and fires
No matter how a loved one is killed at work, you and your family can be left with many different losses. First, you have lost the love and companionship of your loved one and the guidance and services they provided in the household. Additionally, you have suddenly lost their financial contributions to the family, which can result in serious and immediate financial struggles, especially as you face funeral and/or burial expenses. If you are in this situation, you should not wait to discuss your legal rights with a wrongful death attorney today.
If a fatal accident happened at work, you may have to seek death benefits through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. In such cases, the insurer will likely offer you a lump sum settlement, which is not always adequate for what you deserve. You should always have an attorney review any settlement offer you receive.
If a third party was responsible for causing the death, you likely have the right to file for wrongful death damages in civil court. This is a complex process and the guidance of a skilled wrongful death lawyer is critical to ensure you obtain the full amount you need and deserve.
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If you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident in New Jersey, please call David H. Kaplan Attorney at Law as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and are here to assist you and your family.