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.
Construction work is dangerous, even under the best conditions. If a company has been negligent in ensuring workers' safety, then the possibility of a deadly accident increases. In some circumstances, Massachusetts laws may enable surviving family members to file a wrongful death suit when they have lost a loved one through a fatal work accident.
Firefighters place themselves in life and death situations every day. They knowingly assume the risks when they answer the call to help others in need. However, if the conditions they were faced with were caused by negligence -- and they perished as a result -- their survivors may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. There may be such a case here in Massachusetts.