Yes, when a workplace accident causes the death of a loved one, their family members may be eligible to pursue legal remedies against the employer. Parents, spouses, and children are all potentially able to make claims for wrongful death in Louisiana, and in some cases other relatives may also be able to seek damages.
Employers in Louisiana do not have special rights when it comes to avoiding liability for workplace accidents. When job sites are unsafe, proper safety equipment isn’t provided to workers, or improper training leads to injuries or wrongful deaths, families have a right to try to become as whole as possible in the aftermath.
There is no amount of money that can make up for a lost loved one, but employers should be held accountable when they create situations that put their workers at risk. Families shouldn’t have to suffer the financial loss of the wages and compensation that their loved one would have provided over decades of work, on top of the permanent loss of a spouse, parent, or child.
At The Gertler Law Firm, we represent Louisiana families against companies where workers have died while working. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney.