What is Considered a Wrongful Act by an Employer in a Wrongful Death Claim?

There are some situations in which employers in Georgia can be sued when a worker dies. Wrongful acts that may result in wrongful death claims include when employers negligently or intentionally disregard on-the-job safety, when they commit violent acts, or when another party in the workplace acts violently.

Intentional Disregard for Safety

Employers are responsible under the law for maintaining safe workplaces, including:

  • Adhering to safety regulations
  • Providing adequate training to workers
  • Properly maintaining equipment and tools.

If there is evidence that an employer intentionally or negligently disregarded safety protocols, resulting in a fatal construction accident or other workplace incident,  they may be held liable in a wrongful death claim.

Acts of Violence or Aggression by the Employer

Workplace violence is the third-leading cause of fatal on-the-job injuries in the country. When the act of violence or aggression is committed by the employer, the family of the decedent may have a wrongful death claim. The employer may also be held criminally responsible.

Improper Supervision and Retaliation

If an employee intentionally injures another worker and causes death, the employer may also be held liable. If the employer ignored workplace violence or even encouraged it, such as promoting bullying as a retaliatory tactic against the decedent, they can be sued.

Contact An Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney for Help

If you believe a wrongful act by an employer led to your family member’s death, our experienced Atlanta attorneys at The Stoddard Firm may be able to help you get compensation. Contact us for a free consultation by calling 470-467-2200.

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