Compensation for a Work-Related Death
If a family member was killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to death benefits through workers’ compensation. But you may also be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against parties other than the victim’s employer, such as the manufacturer or installer of defective equipment that caused the injury.
Osterbauer Law Firm invites you to a free consultation to explore your possible claims. Our experienced lawyers have helped families throughout both the Twin Cities area and Greater Minnesota secure benefits and damages to compensate for a loved one’s lost income.
Fatal Workplace Accidents
Fatal injuries can occur in a wide range of occupations, from construction workers and factory workers to firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. We are familiar with every manner of work-related accident resulting in death: machinery mishaps, heavy equipment accidents, vehicle crashes, falls, electrocution and explosions.
Deaths Tracing to a Work Injury
Workers’ compensation also pays benefits to survivors when a work-related accident, injury or illness leads to death in the days, weeks, months or even years that follow the accident. This includes complications of injuries (like infection, organ failure, aneurysm, stroke, pneumonia) and occupational disease claims (toxic exposures leading to cancer, heart failure or lung failure).
Employers and insurance companies often challenge these claims. Our attorneys are skilled at proving the connection between a work injury and later death.
Death Benefits and Wrongful Death Claims
Dependents of the deceased such as the spouse and minor children are entitled to workers’ comp death benefits, but these pay only a fraction of the deceased worker’s wages.
We will explore any potential wrongful death lawsuits against possible third parties. This could include manufacturers of dangerous workplace equipment, motorists who caused a fatal crash, construction site subcontractors who were negligent, or property owners responsible for a safety hazard that killed your loved one.
Call us at 612-334-3434 or contact us online to discuss your death benefits and any wrongful death claims that might provide additional monetary damages above and beyond workers’ compensation.