When a loved one dies on a construction site, the family is affected both emotionally and financially. They may lose financial support and health insurance as well as comfort and companionship. This is devastating. If the death is caused by negligence, the family of the deceased may be able to file a Missouri wrongful death claim to recover some of these losses.
Wrongful death is a term for any death caused by a negligent, careless, intentional or reckless act of another person or corporation. When death is caused by the wrongful act of another, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. A Kansas City construction site injury lawyer will be able to determine who is liable for the accident.
Construction zones, building projects and construction sites are inherently dangerous workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) projects that there will be over 1,000 construction worker fatalities this year. In order to protect workers, the law requires that safety be a priority on worksites and that there be adequate site management and supervision in order to protect workers.
Even if you are not sure that negligence is to blame, a construction site injury attorney who is familar with the rules that protect construction workers may be able to prove otherwise.
There are many ways that construction workers can sustain a fatal injury. These include
• Slip and falls
• Roofing accidents
• Misuse of tools
• Defective equipment
• Falling objects or being struck by operating equipment
• Electrical accidents
• Misuse of safety restraints
• Power tool mishaps
• Fires and explosions
• Scaffolding accidents
• Welding accidents
• Crane accidents
• Road construction accidents
• Exposure to hazardous chemicals and compressed gases
Wrongful death damages include any expenses incurred because of the injury that led to the death. These types of damages are known as “survival damages” because had the deceased survived the accident, he could have filed a Missouri workplace injury claim for these damages. They include lost earnings and medical bills, as well as any conscious pain and suffering the deceased may have suffered between the onset of injury and the death.
In addition to survival damages, family members may recover damages for pecuniary loss, funeral expenses, and for the reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support that the deceased loved one provided to the family.
Has A Loved One Died Due To The Negligence of Others?
If your loved one has died due to the negligence of someone else an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you hold them responsible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.