Wrongful Death v. Workers’ Compensation: Fatal Workplace Injuries

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In the United States, 4,600 people are killed at work each year. Every day, we wake up and go to work, taking for granted the reality that we might not ever come home.

Losing a loved one as the result of a workplace injury is emotionally devastating, and in the process of working through your grief, you have to sort through the financial implications for your family.

If a loved one was killed at work as the result of someone’s negligence, the victim’s family could be awarded the following damages in a wrongful death suit:

  • The value of the deceased’s future earnings
  • Death expenses (including medical and funeral)
  • Loss of care, support, and companionship to the family members
  • Loss of potential benefits caused by the untimely death
  • Pain and suffering

It is important to remember that receiving workers’ compensation benefits as the result of the death of loved one does not bar your family from filing a wrongful death claim.

The workers’ compensation system protects employers and employees from the complications of lawsuits. The efficiency of the process allows those with work injuries to bypass the courts and receive compensation for their injuries regardless of fault.

However, sometimes works injuries are caused by third-parties who are not protected by the workers’ compensation system. With proper investigation by an experienced attorney, you may find that your loved one’s death was caused by a negligent property owner, driver, manufacturer, and/or faulty equipment.

Should that be the case, you need to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373. I will use my experience and resources to fight for you because you and your family should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

As your Ohio Wrongful Death lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over 34 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

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Wrongful Death v. Workers' Compensation: Fatal Workplace Injuries
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If a family member was fataly injured at work you may be able bring a wrongful death action against a negligent third party. Third parties are not covered under the Worker's Compensation system. It is essential to hire a Wrongful Death attorney who can investigate the circumstances surrounding the workplace death.
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