California readers might be interested in the case of a worker who died in a fall at Kyle Field, the stadium at Texas A&M University, which is currently under renovation. A Houston-based construction company has been sued by the relatives of a demolition worker who was killed in a fall from four-stories at a football stadium undergoing renovations at Texas A&M University. According to A&M officials, the construction accident that killed the employee occurred on Dec. 3. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of the victim's mother and the victim's two young children. The negligence lawsuit was filed on Dec. 23 against the construction company and other related firms.
The loss of an employee to a workplace accident might be emotionally and financially devastating for his or her family. In this story, the worker who was killed had two young children to support. A financial settlement may replace the estimated lifetime earnings of the worker, which might provide financial stability for the children.
A lawyer with a background in workers' compensation cases might be able to explain workers' compensation law and evaluate a case to determine whether the family is eligible for compensation. In some situations, employers may offer a small settlement or use intimidation tactics to discourage workers and their families from making an injury claim.
A lawyer may have the resources and background knowledge to cut through intimidation tactics and negotiate with employers for fair compensation. If the company and its insurance carrier refuse to pay the requested amount, litigation may be an option. If the jury agrees with the plaintiffs that the company was negligent and caused the worker's injuries, it may award substantial compensation to the plaintiffs.
Source: USA Today, "Family of worker killed in Kyle Field fall suing construction company", December 23, 2013