Seek Compensation for Wrongful Death at Work
Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is devastating. Coupled with the grief of losing a loved one often comes financial uncertainty, especially when the death was of a primary wage earner. When the death was caused by negligence, a wrongful death claim may be filed to recover loss of future earnings and other damages.
Although no amount of money can ease the pain of losing a loved one, it can help provide financial relief. Attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton represents family members who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death at work in Arlington, TX, and surrounding areas to help them recover the compensation they deserve.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death refers to a death caused by another person’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional wrongful act.
Wrongful death lawsuits seek to recover financial compensation for the damages associated with the death and do not seek jail time or such penalties.
Types of Wrongful Death Workplace Accidents
Accidents can happen at any workplace. Sadly, some accidents are catastrophic, resulting in deaths that could have been prevented if it weren’t for a coworker or employers’ negligence.
Any accident that was caused by negligence or carelessness can result in a wrongful death. Some possible types of accidents that can cause a wrongful death include:
- Slips and falls
- Chemical exposure
- Accidents with machinery or heavy equipment
- Product defects in tools, machinery, or other equipment
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
State law dictates who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. For those in Arlington, Texas law allows the following individuals to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The surviving spouse
- Children of the deceased person
- Parents of the deceased person
- Personal representative or executor of the deceased person’s estate if eligible family members do not file a claim
What Damages May Be Recovered?
Eligible family members may recover financial compensation for a wide range of losses related to the death of their loved one. Some damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental pain and anguish
- Loss of love and companionship
- Lost inheritance
- Loss of support, advice, care, and other services the deceased person would have given their family
Who Is Liable for a Wrongful Death at Work?
When it comes to a wrongful death at work, the person held liable will depend on the circumstances of the death. Often, the employer or the employee whose negligence caused the accident and death will be the party held liable but this is not always the case. In situations where the death was caused by a product defect, the product manufacturer may be held liable.
Schedule a Consultation with Rocky Walton
If you have lost a loved one in a workplace wrongful death accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about your options for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, call our Arlington law firm (817) 429-4299 or contact us online.