Losing a loved one in a construction accident is a heartbreaking and devastating experience. While nothing can truly compensate for such a loss, pursuing a wrongful death claim may provide some financial support and a sense of justice.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a legal action brought by the surviving family members or representatives of a deceased person whose death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party. In the context of a construction accident, it means pursuing legal recourse when a loved one loses their life due to the negligence or wrongdoing of an employer, coworker, contractor, or equipment manufacturer.
Initiating a Wrongful Death Claim
The Legal Steps Involved
- Consult with an Attorney: The first step in pursuing a wrongful death claim is to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in such cases. They can evaluate the circumstances, gather evidence, and provide guidance on the legal process.
- Investigation: Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to determine liability and gather evidence to support your claim. This may involve reviewing accident reports, interviewing witnesses, and consulting experts.
- Identifying the Liable Parties: In construction accidents, multiple parties may be held liable, including employers, contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and property owners. Your attorney will help identify the responsible parties.
- Filing the Lawsuit: Once the liable parties are determined, your attorney will file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Parties Liable in Construction Accidents
Who May Be Held Liable?
- Employers: If the construction accident occurred while the deceased was working for an employer, the employer may be held responsible for safety violations or negligence.
- Contractors and Subcontractors: Entities responsible for overseeing specific aspects of the construction project may be liable if their negligence contributed to the accident.
- Property Owners: Owners of the construction site may be liable if unsafe conditions on the property contributed to the accident.
- Equipment Manufacturers: If a defective piece of equipment or machinery caused the fatal accident, the manufacturer may be held responsible.
Types of Compensation Available
Seeking Financial Support
Surviving family members may be eligible for various types of compensation through a wrongful death claim:
- Economic Damages: This includes compensation for financial losses, such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, and the deceased's future earnings.
- Non-Economic Damages: These are more subjective and cover intangible losses like pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.
- Punitive Damages: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Navigating the Complex Legal Terrain
Wrongful death claims, especially in the context of construction accidents, involve complex legal and technical aspects. Seeking legal representation is crucial for several reasons:
- Legal Expertise: Attorneys have the legal expertise to build a strong case, handle negotiations, and represent your interests in court.
- Access to Resources: Attorneys have access to investigative resources and expert witnesses to support your claim.
- Navigating Insurance Companies: Insurance companies may try to minimize their liability. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation.
- Peace of Mind: Dealing with a wrongful death claim is emotionally challenging. Having an attorney to handle the legal aspects can provide you with peace of mind during this difficult time.
Filing a wrongful death claim after a fatal construction accident is a complex and challenging process, but it can provide much-needed financial support and a sense of justice for surviving family members. If you have lost a loved one in a construction-related tragedy, it's essential to consult with an experienced attorney at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP who can guide you through the legal process, identify liable parties, and help you seek the compensation you deserve. While a legal claim cannot bring your loved one back, it can offer financial stability and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Call us today at (646) 692-0204 to begin your healing journey and obtain the compensation you deserve.