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Workplace Fatalities

Workplace Fatalities

Leading Work-Related Wrongful Death Attorneys Based in Philadelphia

When we go to work, we expect a safe environment. We expect that our bosses, property managers, building operators, and machine manufacturers have ensured that everyone who arrives in the morning is able to go home in the evening. The reality is that that doesn’t always happen. Whether it’s an employer cutting corners to reduce costs, a manufacturer failing to install adequate safety measures on heavy machinery, or simply a failure to follow safety protocols, when workplace negligence results in a death, you call Joe Stampone and the lawyers at Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law. 

What Does Wrongful Death at the Workplace Mean?

A wrongful death at the workplace occurs when an individual is killed due to negligence of another person or business. Common examples of wrongful death claims arising out of work-related accidents include:

  • Trucking/motor vehicle accidents;
  • Construction accidents;
  •  Exposure to harmful/toxic substances;
  • Gun and shooting crimes;
  • Slips, trips, and falls.

Our attorneys have well over 100 years of combined experience litigating work-related wrongful death claims. One recent success includes a $1.25 Million settlement on behalf of the estate of a worker who was crushed by a large piece of material handling equipment which rolled over. Our attorneys successful argued that if the machine had been equipped with any roll-over protection or occupant restraint system, our client would still be alive today. 

Workers Compensation Claims and Wrongful Death Claims

If an employee dies from work-related causes, the decedent’s family will be able to collect workers compensation death benefits to help supplement the loss of income. Eligible beneficiaries include the decedent’s spouse, minor children, and dependent adult children or parents. Such death benefits include funeral expenses and weekly payments based on the deceased worker’s income.

In most states, including Pennsylvania, the Workers Compensation Act prohibits a wrongful death lawsuit from being filed against the employer or co-worker of anyone who dies in a work-related accident. However, if the death was due to the negligence of a third party unrelated to the employer, the decedent’s estate can pursue a wrongful death claim against the individual or business responsible.

In addition to economic losses, damages available in wrongful death claims include compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering as well as loss of emotional support.  

Contact Us to Hire a Workplace Death Lawyer Near You

Whether you have a physically demanding job like factory worker, truck driver, or construction worker, or you sit cozily behind a desk, you are entitled to a safe work environment regardless of the dangers associated with your occupation.

If you believe that your loved one died due to negligence at the workplace, contact us today to speak to one of our workplace wrongful death experts. Our attorneys will perform a thorough investigation into the facts surrounding the death, identify the negligent parties and their insurance limits, and work tirelessly to secure a settlement or verdict that will provide financial security to the family the worker has left behind.



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