Texas authorities have released to the media the identities of the two men who were killed during a workplace accident. The men worked for a local construction company and were repairing a roof at a storage site when the roof collapsed and crushed them.
The accident is still being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. After the accident, authorities delayed releasing the names of the victims until after their immediate family members had been notified. One victim was a 57-year-old man from Mathis, and the other was a 19-year-old man from Temple, Ga.
Although the accident report has yet to be released, the victims’ families could have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction company that was employing the two men. Such claims could arise negligence committed by the company, which may have led to faulty safety equipment, faulty building materials, poor construction or faulty building rules. In some cases, negligence could also mean insufficient safety training.
Should the victims’ families decide to file suit, a wrongful death attorney may be able to help by reviewing all the facts of the accident and creating a case that attempts to demonstrate that the other party was involved in creating the conditions that led to the two men’s deaths. Furthermore, the attorney could help settle a lawsuit out of court and avoid a lengthy and expensive civil trial. Through either action, that attorney might be able to help the victims’ families receive compensation that reimburses them for expenses related to the accident, which may include final expenses and lost wages.
Source: KIIITV, “Men Identified Following Workplace Accident on Interstate 37“, December 16, 2013