Employers in the State of Colorado are required to provide their employees with a safe environment to work in. Although some employees must work around unsafe and hazardous conditions, they should be given the proper training and safety gear to ensure their life and health is not put at risk. Unfortunately, some employers don’t always follow state and federal safety standards which results in workplace accidents occurring.
When an employer fails to take the necessary precautions to keep their workers safe and a fatal accident occurs, their employer may be held liable for compensating the worker’s surviving family members for their loss. If a family recently lost someone they love to a construction accident and the incident could have been prevented had the individual’s employer taken the necessary safety measures, they may have the grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
What types of workplace accidents might a family file a wrongful death lawsuit for?
Fatal construction accidents happen all too frequently and for many different reasons. Some example of workplace incidents that might stem from an employer’s negligence include:
- An employee was exposed to large amounts of hazardous chemicals, gases, etc.
- The employee was struck by an object that was not properly fastened.
- One or more employees were not properly trained on how to use heavy machinery which caused a fatal accident.
- A worker was required to perform their duties around an area that was not first inspected.
- A worker was exposed to live wires.
- An employer failed to provide a worker with the proper restraints which resulted in a fall.
If a family in Colorado is looking to file a wrongful death lawsuit not only to hold an employer liable for their loved one’s death but also to recover compensation as they were dependent on the decedent, they should contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC. The Colorado wrongful death attorneys at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can provide one or more members of a family with the legal advice and guidance they will need to hold their loved one’s employer accountable for their negligence.
Damages that May Be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Case
When a family files a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one, they may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses. This includes any medical treatment that was rendered if the construction worker passed away sometime after engaging in a work accident.
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of dependency
Families may also be entitled to recover compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If a spouse, parent, or even child recently lost someone they love to a construction accident in Colorado, they are encouraged to call Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC at 720-923-2333 for legal advice.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110