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Wrongful Death in the Workplace

By Cohen & Dwin, P.A. on January 23, 2019 | In Workers' Compensation

For all the advances we’ve made in technologies and techniques for protecting workers, workplace deaths remain a significant fact of life. Every day, 13 people go to work and never come home, killed in a workplace accident. Although overall workplace deaths are declining, driven primarily by a decline in workplace homicides, workplace deaths in Maryland rose from 2009 to 2010. Workplace deaths every year account for more people than the total US fatalities in the entire Iraq War. In 2010, 4690 American workers died in workplace accidents. Unfortunately, the consequences of a worker’s death for an employer are small, with fines as little as $7900 per deceased worker. And that’s even if the employer is cited for serious safety violations, and many go completely unpunished. The truth is that regulators often have little power to compel a response from companies where workplace safety violations lead to fatalities. Often, inspectors do not have the time to fully investigate an incident before being pulled on to the next incident, and companies know how to wait out requests for information. Workers’ compensation benefits are also available for dependents of workers killed in workplace accidents. There are many benefits available for workers injured in workplace accidents. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get the compensation you are due. To learn about your legal rights and options, please contact Cohen & Dwin in Baltimore for a case evaluation.