A loved one’s unexpected passing can leave you facing emotional pain and financial difficulties. Although nothing can fully compensate you for your loss, if your loved one died in a work-related accident, you can seek compensation for funeral expenses and other such damages.
Contact a Lancaster, CA fatal workplace accident attorney at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry for more information. We are prepared to offer the representation you and your family deserve.
Fatal workplace accidents can take many forms. The type of accident that can claim a worker’s life will vary depending on the nature of their work. That said, the following are some of the more common causes of fatal workplace injuries in Lancaster:
Regardless of the nature of your loved one’s accident, you deserve to receive compensation for your losses after an on-the-job incident claims their life. Optimize your chances of recovering the full amount of compensation you may be eligible for by coordinating with a Lancaster fatal workplace accident law firm.
In California, when an accident occurs on-the-job, a worker does not need to prove that it was the result of someone’s negligence to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
The same rule applies after a fatal workplace accident. If your loved one died as a result of a work-related accident, you have a right to secure workers’ compensation benefits without having to prove that the accident was caused by negligence.
However, workers’ compensation benefits will only compensate you for such economic losses as reasonable funeral and burial expenses, and lost earnings if your loved one was your spouse or if you were among their dependents. Workers’ compensation does not compensate you for pain and suffering and other such non-economic losses.
This highlights one of many reasons to work with a Lancaster fatal workplace accident attorney in these circumstances. A qualified lawyer may potentially be able to help you secure more compensation than you could recover on your own.
If you agree to recover workers’ compensation benefits after your loved one’s passing, you will have forfeited your right to file a separate claim or lawsuit against your loved one’s employer.
It’s possible your loved one would still be alive had their employer not been careless. Thus, before accepting workers’ compensation benefits, it’s wise to investigate the accident and determine if you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit against the deceased’s employer.
Our Lancaster fatal workplace accident lawyers can conduct such an investigation on your behalf. We will strive to determine if your loved one’s passing was the result of negligence on the part of their employer, a third party (such as a negligent manufacturer of defective safety equipment), or both. This will help us determine the best means of seeking compensation. Our goal is to secure the maximum amount of compensation for which you may be eligible.
You are enduring a very difficult experience. Instead of attempting to recover compensation on your own, which can be very challenging if you lack the proper training, enlist the help of our Lancaster fatal workplace accident legal team at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 800-747-3447 to schedule your free consultation.