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Workplace Related Accidents Resulting in Death

Workplace Related Accident

If one of your family members has died due to an accident on their job, you and your family may be entitled to monetary compensation for your loss.

How Workplace Wrongful Death Accidents Happen

In most cases a wrongful death accident that leads to the death of one of your loved ones is caused by someone else's negligence or intentional wrong doing. In some work related deaths, the accident was caused by defective or faulty equipment.

Sometimes the people using the equipment have not been properly trained by their employer. This negligence to properly instruct their employees in the use of all equipment and safety regulations is negligence on the part of the employer.

Common Workplace Accidents that Can Lead to Death

One of the most common causes of work-related deaths is a construction accident. Every year roofers and construction workers fall victim to workplace accidents that lead to their death. It could be a forklift accident, falling objects, unsafe scaffolding and other equipment.

Other common occupations that have a high rate of work-related deaths include miners, fishermen, loggers, metal workers, electrical power installers, and truck drivers. Farming equipment also claims many lives every year in the United States.

Types of Damages

If a loved one has died due to a work-related accident, you and your family may be entitled to damages that include medical expenses, future wages, pain and suffering, and future earnings. You may also be entitled to damages for loss of companionship, protection, and social standing.

Statute of Limitations

Every state has a time frame in which you must file a claim or lawsuit for wrongful death. This time period can vary greatly from state to state, so it's important that you contact a qualified attorney in your state to handle a claim or lawsuit for the wrongful death of your loved one.


Every year many workplace deaths occur across the United States. If a loved one has been killed while at work, you may want to contact a qualified attorney to make sure you receive all the compensation you deserve and that your rights are protected.

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