California takes workplace safety seriously. The State of California has made several laws to ensure that workers are safe on the job; these are backed up by federal workplace safety laws administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Even so, 453 Californians died at work in 2005; the vast majority being men who died in transportation accidents, equipment accidents or in assaults. If someone you love has died on the job due to the negligence of an employer or a third party, you have the right to take that negligent party to court.
Situations that often lead to a death on the job include:
- Failure to observe safety laws and standards.
- Providing unsafe equipment.
- Allowing exposure to dangerous chemicals.
- Unrealistic or unsafe schedules and constraints.
- Failure to train employees.
A death on the job is an especially complicated type of wrongful death case. Californians who are fatally injured at work may already be collecting workers’ compensation, or their families may have collected it. There may be a third party and one or more insurance companies involved, especially if the accident was related to construction, a crime or driving. And the statute of limitations for most wrongful deaths in California is two years, which can be very short for a grieving family that’s not yet ready to think about litigation. For that reason, it’s particularly important that you speak with the wrongful death attorneys at Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen as soon as you begin considering a wrongful death lawsuit.
A worker’s unexpected death can be catastrophic for his or her family. In addition to the shock and grief of suddenly losing a loved one, they may have serious financial problems because of the sudden loss of an income, which comes right before medical bills and funeral costs begin to pile up. Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen can help you ask a court for compensation for these and other financial costs, as well as compensation for your grief, pain and suffering and loss of future income. For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case, call us today.