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Workers' compensation after fatal accidents in the workplace

It's hard to predict when and why work accidents happen, but there are safety regulations and rules in place to make things as safe as reasonably possible. Many fatal incidents in the workplace are the result of unpredictable factors and unexpected events, making it harder for employers to be vigilant regarding safety. After a death, a grieving California family has the right to pursue death benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

In 2018, reports indicate there was a 2% increase in the number of fatal work accidents. While there are occupations inherently more dangerous than others, such as firefighting, logging and construction, workplace fatalities can occur in virtually any type of job and involve any type of worker. While any fatality is tragic, there is evidence that workplace fatalities are statistical anomalies, and safety measures and training, when implemented properly, do work.

If a person takes a close look at the records pertaining to fatal workplace accidents, he or she would find that, in many cases, small factors made the difference between life and death. Sadly, many of these incidents were preventable. This is why strong leadership, unwavering commitment to safety and proper training are key in any California work environment.

In the event a California worker passes away in a work-related accident, his or her relatives and loved ones have options. It is possible for immediate family members to seek death benefits through a workers' compensation claim. While this cannot diminish the pain of a loss, it can help a family pick up the pieces, address their financial concerns and move forward after this type of incident. 

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