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Death at the Workplace

A dollar value cannot be placed on the life of a loved one. However, when a spouse, parent, or a child dies in a workplace accident, certain family members can seek compensation for the financial hardship caused by a loved one’s death. In Pennsylvania, the spouse, children, parents, or personal representative of a person killed in a workplace accident may be able collect the following damages in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Funeral bills
  • Hospital bills
  • Medical bills
  • Nursing bills
  • Other expenses resulting from injuries causing death

Additionally, the same parties may also be able to file a survival action that seeks compensation the victim would have been entitled to through a personal injury lawsuit had he or she survived. Some of these damages may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Personal maintenance or living expenses
  • Loss of retirement income
  • Pain and suffering

Employers are required to keep their workplaces as safe as possible for their employees. If a worker dies because of a lack of safety protection or other dangerous conditions controlled by the employer, then the business may be negligent and thus liable for damages to be paid to the immediate family members or personal representative of the deceased.

In these types of cases, employers will do whatever they can to deny their liability. They will frequently have insurance companies prepared to find any evidence that the negligence of the workers contributed to or even caused the deaths. In other cases, insurance adjusters will aggressively attempt to get a family member to agree to a settlement that is much less than what beneficiaries are entitled to and prohibits any further legal action.

If your loved one was killed in an accident at his or her workplace, it is critical to take action now and seek the help of the experienced Chester County workplace death attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices. We handle all of the paperwork so you and your family can take the time you need to grieve, and our firm represents families on a contingency fee basis so we collect a fee only if you obtain compensation.

Our workplace death lawyers work as a team, and we will provide a thorough evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3190 today to schedule a free consultation. Ciccarelli Law Offices has office locations in West Chester, Philadelphia, Radnor, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, and Plymouth Square.