Many New Yorkers have been involved in workplace accidents. Most of these are minor, with the victims fully recovering from their injuries. Unfortunately, a severe work-related accident can lead to death. When this happens, the victim’s family can often sue for damages. However, with both workers’ compensation and wrongful death laws involved, the process can be complicated. The good news is that with the right legal help, you can help bring closure by holding the responsible party accountable.
It’s a tragic situation when a person dies while performing their workplace duties. Sometimes, these fatal accidents are caused by unsafe practices by the employee. Others happen for no reason at all. But some happen due to employer negligence. The employer may fail to properly train employees, refuse to provide protective gear or force employees to work in unsafe conditions. When this causes a fatal accident, it’s important for the family members to take legal action to preserve their rights.
Many people may be wary about the legal process, since no amount of money can bring their loved one back. However, a lawsuit can bring about compensation and closure so that the victim’s family can complete the grieving process and move on. In addition, the negligent party will be held financially responsible for their actions.
If your loved one was killed in a work-related accident, learn more about your next steps. You may be entitled to financial compensation. Workers’ compensation and wrongful death benefits are vital for some families, especially if the victim had young children and was the family’s breadwinner or sole source of income.