When someone is killed because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, the family may consider a wrongful death lawsuit. But what are the legal options for a family when a loved one is killed at work? Because of workers’ compensation death benefits, a wrongful death lawsuit may not be an option in every situation. However, Massachusetts readers have the right to explore all legal options after an accident.
Recently, in another state, a tragic accident claimed the lives of four workers at a chemical plant. The plant produces chemicals used in certain fungicides and insecticides. Although it is not known how this happened, the four deaths stemmed from a leak of these dangerous chemicals. The men were employed by DuPont, and the company claims that they are working with authorities to determine what happened.
This case illustrates the potential hazards faced by those who work with toxic chemicals. Massachusetts workers who are exposed to similar risks should have a work environment that follows strict safety standards and protocols. It is not clear if negligence played a role in this accident, but any injured worker, or the family of a deceased worker, should take steps to be certain that they understand all of the benefits/rights to which they are entitled.
Employees may be entitled to certain benefits after a work accident. However, in certain circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit may be a better or additional option. A close evaluation of the circumstances of the case should determine the best way to proceed through the difficult circumstances after the death of a loved one.
Source: chron.com, “4 workers die after chemical leak at Texas plant”, Nov. 16, 2014