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A dear friend who worked on a construction site died in a slip and fall accident as a result of the negligence of construction site authorities. Will the deceased family be compensated for their losses?

Yes. The workers who survive a workplace accident have a legal right to recover damages from the parties responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. The family of the deceased can receive compensation through the following sources:

Worker’s compensation:

Worker compensation provides financial support and assistance when workers are injured or lose their lives as a result of a work-related injury or illness. These benefits can cover:

  • The deceased worker’s medical services such as ambulance, hospital and medical treatment.
  • Burial or cremation expenses.
  • Family counseling services.
  • Lump sum payments for dependents.
  • Weekly pensions for the deceased dependent partners, children or orphans.
  • Reimbursement to non-dependent family members for expenses, in cases of financial hardship.

 

Wrongful death lawsuit:

A family member or a representative of the estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit against liable parties to claim compensation. Damages for wrongful death includes:

  • Pre-death pain and suffering of the deceased.
  • The deceased medical costs incurred as a result of the injury prior to death.
  • Funeral and burial costs.
  • Loss of the expected income as a result of the death.
  • Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death.
  • Value of the services that the deceased would have provided.
  • Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing that the deceased would have provided.
  • Loss of love and companionship, and loss of consortium.