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Don't rule out third-party claims if your spouse died on the job

Sadly, work-related deaths occur much too often in the U.S., affecting residents of Illinois and other states. Workers' compensation exists to help those injured while working and can provide survivor benefits to family members after a death. In families that relied on the deceased worker for financial support, the benefits provided by worker's comp may not be enough to provide for surviving family members.

While you cannot sue your deceased loved one's employer for his or her death if you collect workers' comp, we want you to know that another solution may exist. Often, the negligence of a third party causes or contributes to worker deaths. Examples of third-party negligence in work-related deaths include the following.

  • Work equipment design or manufacturing defects
  • Work-related deaths caused by private citizens (e.g. a motorist strikes and kills a road worker)
  • Property owner negligence (e.g. a construction client's property contained dangerous hazards)
  • Dangerous conditions caused by other companies or contractors

When surviving family members can prove that a third party's negligence led to the death of their loved one, they can pursue and acquire the maximum amount of compensation allowed by the law. This not only helps families meet their financial needs but it also helps them expose dangerous negligence and hold all responsible parties to account.

We counsel all families that have lost a valued family member to a work-related death to speak with an attorney about the incident. Doing so can help you identify all of the factors that led to the death, empowering you to take healing action in the name of your fallen loved one. Please browse our website to learn more about work-related deaths in Illinois.

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