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Work Injury Compensation - What Can I do if My Spouse is Killed in an Accident at Work?

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Last year, 142 workers were killed in accidents at work. The majority of these cases were in industries such as construction, building and manufacturing. These industries are especially dangerous due to the heavy machinery such as lorries and forklift trucks that are often used. Workers in these fields may be required to work on scaffolding or climb ladders.


Workers can also be at risk of heavy tools or equipment falling onto them from height. The often muddy and wet conditions can make slips and falls more likely. Industrial employees may be exposed to dangerous chemicals or substances that other workers would never come into contact with. If something goes wrong, or equipment is improperly used, there can be serious incidents such as fires and explosions that can result in severe injuries or even death.

Fatal accidents at work are tragic and are devastating for the families who are left behind. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of their employer, you might be able to make a compensation claim.

Work Injury Compensation - Can I Make a Claim?

Employers have a duty to protect their workers from harm. This means that work sites should be assessed for dangers, and any hazards should be attended to. If staff are expected to use heavy industrial machinery such as crushers or saws, they should be trained to do so safely. Any equipment provided should be well maintained, regularly serviced and safe to use.

When someone is killed in an accident at work, there will be a Fatal Accident Enquiry (FAI). The enquiry will seek to uncover the cause of the death and will examine who is responsible. If the employer’s negligence contributed to the fatal accident, the surviving family members could make a compensation claim against the employer.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

The amount of compensation that can be claimed will depend upon the precise circumstances of the case. If the deceased had full awareness before death and suffered extreme pain through burns and lung damage the compensation for their pain and suffering may be between £15,950 - £18,100. In cases of immediate unconsciousness and death, this is estimated to be £1,050 - £2,125. These figures may seem very low for such a tragic accident, but other claims for things such as loss of earnings can also be made. Factors which will influence the value of compensation award include the age of the deceased and the employer’s liability for the accident.

Fatal Accident Claims Lawyers - Get Expert Help & Advice

Fatal accidents can leave families devastated by the loss of a loved one. Find out how we can help you claim compensation by getting in touch with our expert personal injury solicitors today.

If you have lost a spouse or close family member, you may also be dealing with the legal issues that arise, such as the winding up of the deceased’s estate. You can find out more information on wills, pensions and succession from the following partners:-

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