During 2013, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration reported approximately 1,247 workplace fatalities and over 700 during the first half of 2014. Every accident that claims a worker’s life deprives a family of a loved one and a breadwinner and it is important that employers be held accountable to the families of employees killed due to negligent actions or the failure to address safety concerns. When a person is killed due to the actions of another party, his or her family has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The Chicago Injury Center is dedicated to helping the families of workers throughout Illinois who have been killed while on the job.
Determining who to Prosecute in an Illinois Wrongful Death Case for a Worker’s Family
Wrongful death is defined as any death that is caused by the action or inaction of another person or party. If a worker is performing his or her duties and suffers mortal injuries due to the failure of the employer to meet safety standards, maintain equipment, address a known safety concern or provide a safe work environment, it can be argued that the employer is liable for wrongful death and obligated to provide compensation to the victim’s family. Examples of cases filed for wrongful death include the following.
- An accident results in the death of a worker and it is discovered that the employer failed to meet OSHA regulations. OSHA regulations are designed to improve workplace safety by mandating regular maintenance of machinery, use of proper safety equipment and regular inspections for common safety hazards.
- The actions of another worker result in the mortal injury of the victim. Both the employer and the employee responsible for the victim’s death may be liable if it is determined that the action which caused the accident was negligent or reckless.
- A defective piece of machinery causes an accident which results in the victim’s death. While the employer may or may not share liability, the manufacturer of the defective equipment may be liable for wrongful death.
- Long term exposure to a chemical or toxic substance results in a terminal disease. If the company was aware of the effects of the substance and failed to provide adequate protection to employees, the employer may be liable for wrongful death.
Chicago Attorneys Who Appreciate Your Loss
The Chicago Injury Center understands that if you have lost a loved one in a tragic work accident, you may demand answers and justice if you believe that the accident could have been avoided. Our dedicated work injury lawyers believe that employers should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law when their choices or actions contribute to the deaths of their employees and we are here for you in this difficult time. Contact us for a risk free consultation with a lawyer to review the details of your case and learn more about your rights and legal options.
We will be happy to investigate the events leading to your loved one’s death on your behalf and to determine if negligence was a factor. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, so our services come at no risk to you— if we don’t collect compensation on your behalf, you’ll owe us nothing.