Work-related accidents occur frequently, especially in certain industries that tend to be more dangerous, such as construction or factory jobs. While some accidents that happen at work need little more than a few stitches, others result in the serious injury or wrongful death of the employee.
If your loved one was killed in a work-related accident, you have many challenges ahead, including grieving your loss and dealing with financial matters. Here’s what you need to know about a wrongful death at work and how our attorneys can help you get through these difficult obstacles.
Reporting the Accident
One of the most important things that can occur soon after the death of an employee is the accident being reported and accurately recorded. How the accident occurred, what happened leading up to the accident, and witness testimonies are all crucial information that needs to be reported to the employer and to an attorney.
In accidents that result in a fatality that occur outside of a workplace, the only legal remedy for financial coverage for medical and funeral expenses is insurance and/or a wrongful death lawsuit. When a fatality occurs in a workplace, workers’ compensation becomes another option to recover damages for medical bills that are related to the accident.
When to Contact an Attorney
Many expenses likely won’t be covered by workers’ compensation, including funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of consortium, and emotional trauma and suffering due to the sudden loss of a loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide a legal remedy for additional damages suffered by survivors, in particular, non-economical damages.
At McMenamin & Wing, we understand how devastating it can be to lose a loved one unexpectedly in a work-related accident. Not only are we committed to helping your family obtain the full and fair compensation you need for your loved one’s final expenses, but we will also fight to see that justice is done for your loved one. We will exhaust every legal option available to ensure that those whose negligence or carelessness played a role in your loved one’s passing are held accountable and penalized for their actions.
Don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with a compassionate, experienced wrongful death attorney. Call us today at (215) 576-7600 for a free consultation to learn more about what your next step should be after a loved one’s wrongful death at work.