Phoenix Wrongful Death Workplace Accident Lawyers
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Wrongful Death in the Workplace
Workers' compensation insurance provides certain benefits to families of employees who lose their lives while at work. However, coverage is limited, especially when compared to the settlement or judgment you might receive after filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Just because someone died while working on a job site or traveling on official business, it does not guarantee that you have a case. If you have reason to believe your family member's death was the result of negligence by a third party, you should consult an attorney for help pursuing an Arizona wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Claims vs. Workers' Compensation Coverage
Arizona workers' compensation insurance caps the amount of money paid out to a family to cover an employee's future wages. Workers' comp also does not cover non-economic losses such as anxiety, frustration and loss of interaction with the deceased. Conversely, a wrongful death lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for every dollar of lost future income your family member would likely have earned. It also allows you to seek damages for your emotional injuries and, in some cases, go after the responsible third party for punitive damages.
Third Party Negligence in Arizona
Whether a loved one died on the job only because of the action, or lack of action, of a third party, or because a third party was partially responsible, you have the right to sue for wrongful death. Examples of third party negligence include the following:
- Product liability
This can apply when a machine or piece of equipment is defective.
- Premises liability
Sometimes, a workplace owner fails to keep the site environment safe and secure.
- Negligent acts
This can involve a driver under the influence killing an employee in the process of driving for work-related reasons.
- Gross negligence
This is the case when an employee dies due to intentional harm inflicted while on the job.
If you lost a family member who was at work, whether on a construction site, in an office or in the process of traveling for work, please contact Breyer Law Offices to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will review the specifics of your case and let you know whether it is in your best interests to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to filing for workers' compensation. Please contact our Phoenix deadly workplace accident attorneys at (602) 457-6222, (623) 455-6603, (480) 389-2463, (520) 308-6762 or, en Español, (602) 222-8787.