Representing victims of occupational fatalities
We are compassionate advocates for victims of fatal work accidents, and their families. It is never easy to lose a loved one. But when a family member is taken from you too early because an unsafe environment led to a fatal construction accident or other workplace incident, the loss is even more tragic. You may be left wondering if the accident could have been prevented and, more importantly, who is responsible. When you need a trustworthy attorney to represent you in a wrongful death claim, we can help you obtain compensation for death and burial costs, loss of family income, medical bills, and emotional pain and suffering, such as loss of companionship and diminished quality of life.
Statistics about fatal work accidents
Every year, the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compiles, analyzes and releases data about workplace fatalities and injuries by state and nationally to monitor and increase workplace safety and health standards.
The most recent report available from OSHA includes the following data:
National workplace fatalities
5,147 workers died on the job in 2017 (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 99 a week or more than 14 deaths every day.
971 or 20.7% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
When you lose a family member in a fatal work accident, you may be able to obtain certain benefits via workers’ compensation, particularly if your loved one worked in construction. However, if you suspect that the workplace accident that killed your loved one occurred due to lack of safety compliance, gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing, it is best to consult with an attorney regarding your options for litigation. A settlement or verdict may provide you with additional compensation.