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Protecting families after a fatal construction accident


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides detailed, comprehensive advice for Utica employers about how to protect construction workers from fall accidents. But still, falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders continue to claim the lives of more and more construction.

There will be family members reading this blog post (and other articles online like it) and wondering what they can do. Maybe their loved one even expressed concern to them about poor ladder maintenance on a job site, or a lack of protective equipment. Maybe they were given equipment, but lacked the necessary training to use it effectively.

Workers' compensation will pay death benefits regardless of fault in a workplace accident. However, if you suspect that someone else's negligence contributed to the fatal accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. It could be the employer, as in the scenarios outlined above; it could also be a co-worker acting recklessly, or even another party on the job site (another contractor, for example).

Of course, no grieving family will think of their loss as something for which they can ever be compensated. That is not the point of a wrongful death suit. It can, however, protect a family's financial foundation in the wake of such a loss. Holding negligent parties accountable in court can also help family members find some sense of closure as they process their grief.

A Utica wrongful death claim attorney from our firm can help manage the legal burdens for you and your family as you move forward. The professionals at Callanen, Foley and Hobika understand that families need space during this time.

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