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Workplace Fatalities

Helping Families in Indiana Who Lost Loved Ones in Workplace Accidents

Most people do not expect a loved one to go to work and never come home again. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that more than 5,100 people in the United States died on the job in a single year. The truth is that there is the potential for fatal accidents to happen at work, and your loved one may be involved.

If you lose a spouse, parent, or another close family member in a workplace incident, you need legal representation you can trust right away. There is no need to make this difficult time any harder, and the workplace fatality attorneys at Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock are ready to help. Contact our legal team for a free case evaluation today.

Dangerous Jobs and Fatal Incidents

There are many industries with high fatality rates in the U.S. Some of the most deadly industries include the following:

  • Construction
  • Transportation and truck driving
  • Roofers
  • Commercial fishing
  • Logging
  • Aircraft pilots and engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Electricians
  • Painters
  • Athletes, umpires, and coaches
  • Taxi drivers
  • Mining machine operators
  • Manufacturing
  • Police officers
  • Mechanics
  • Grounds maintenance and landscapers
  • Agricultural workers and ranchers
  • Utility workers
  • Iron and steelworkers
  • Refuse workers
While the above have higher fatality rates, deadly accidents can happen in any industry and at any workplace. The following are some of the most common causes of job-related fatalities:
  • Transportation crashes
  • Falls from high places
  • Slips and trips
  • Violence by others or animals
  • Getting hit by objects or materials
  • Exposure to toxins and harmful environments
  • Explosions and fires

Getting a phone call that your family member was involved in a fatal accident can be devastating. Not only do you face the emotional grief of a sudden loss, but you also will lose the financial and household support of the person who died. It is important to discuss your situation with a legal professional who can protect your rights while allowing you to focus on the emotional recovery of your family.

Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits for Surviving Family Members

When a worker is injured on the job, they can receive benefits for their injury-related losses. If someone dies, their family members can file for death benefits from the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. Dependents who can qualify for benefits include:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Unmarried children younger than 21
  • A child over age 21 who was dependent on the deceased

In some situations, other dependents may qualify for benefits if none of the above exist. Benefits can include partial wage replacement of the deceased, funeral costs, and more. It is important that you determine the benefits you deserve and fight for your right to a fair settlement from the workers’ compensation insurer.

Discuss Your Options with a Compassionate Indiana Workplace Fatalities Attorney

At the law firm of Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock, we know how devastating the unexpected loss of a loved one can be. We represent families of workers killed on the job, and we handle each case with compassion and commitment. Contact us to get started on a claim today.

Contact us today to speak directly with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We serve clients throughout Dyer, St John, Schererville, & Northwest Indiana. We offer free initial consultations and flexible appointment schedules

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