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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death suit is a lawsuit brought by a family member of the deceased victim against the person who caused the death or those responsible for the person who caused the death. In the case of a workplace accident death, the victim’s family would likely bring suit against the victim’s employer.

Can I Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Fatal Workplace Accident?

You may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with a fatal workplace accident. Generally, however, these lawsuits can only be brought by immediate family members of the victim. Some states may allow extended family members to bring a suit as well.

What About Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries. However, when an employee dies due to an employer’s recklessness or negligence, it may be possible to sue the employer.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

If your loved one died due to a fatal workplace accident, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. An experienced personal injury lawyer can explain the value of your case and help you navigate the complicated legal process.

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Last Modified: 08-30-2011 03:30 PM PDT

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