Workplace Fatalities in California on the DeclineBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on October 7, 2015 | In Workplace Injury
According to The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, work-related deaths are going down. There were 334 fatal work injuries in California in the year 2014. That is a 16 percent decrease from the 396 workplace deaths in 2013. Furthermore, Hispanic and Latino worker deaths fell 35 percent from 194 in the year 2013 to 127 in 2014. The 334 work injury deaths in 2014 were the lowest in California since 2010.
There are many ways in which someone can suffer a fatal injury at work and the vast majority of fatal accidents are preventable. About one third of the reported worker deaths in 2014 involved transportation accidents. Over one in five were attributed to violent acts. The same number involved trips, slips and falls.
All California employers must provide sufficient training, proper safety gear and adequate supervision. When there is a failure to train, protect and supervise workers, tragic accidents can happen. In such cases, it must be determined how the accident could have been prevented and what should be done in the future to protect workers. It is also necessary to review who was responsible and who should be held accountable for the tragic death.
California families who have lost a loved one in a work-related accident can pursue compensation for their loss in a variety of ways. For example, workers’ compensation covers death benefits for the family of someone killed while working. This WILL NOT cover all of the losses suffered in the accident. It is often advisable for the family to file a claim against the at-fault party. If someone’s negligence contributed to the accident, financial support may be available for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost future wages and a number of other related damages.
A Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can review your case and help you determine the best legal course of action for you and your family. Suffering the sudden loss of a loved one who helped provide for your family can prove as financially crippling as it is emotionally devastating. A wrongful death claim against the at-fault party can help you and your family recover financially and hold the at-fault parties accountable. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (818) 901-9999.