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Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit after a work-related fatality

Nothing can prepare a family in Illinois for the loss of a loved one in an accident at work. Although there are many jobs that are considered dangerous, some are more risky than others. An example of work that is known to frequently lead to the death of a worker in the course of employment is construction work. Regardless of the type of work a person does, accidents are often unavoidable. In the worst case scenario, it leads to death. Families left without a breadwinner might not realize what to do in the aftermath of a wrongful death.

After the untimely death, the family might be left with expenses that they have no idea how to pay. In addition to the funeral costs and other potential financial challenges, there will also be the need to deal with the personal and emotional upheaval of a loved one's death at work. With a construction accident, it can be difficult to determine exactly how and why it happened. This is when it is imperative to have a full investigation conducted to see how and why the accident occurred.

Everyone involved will have a specific theory as to the cause of the incident and who is to blame. The employer will likely try to find a way to shift responsibility away from the company. Supervisors will also be interested in keeping their own station and shielding themselves from responsibility. There might have been legal violations regarding proper safety practices for employees and how the construction site was organized. Many factors will come into play when it is determined who and what was responsible for the death. While employers might express sympathy for the loss of a loved one, that doesn't mean they will be prepared to make a reasonable offer of compensation.

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