By their very nature, wrongful death cases are serious, complex cases which often garner media attention. When the death occurs as a consequence of a workplace accident, there are federal and state inquiries that are triggered which can result in investigations by OSHA, EPA, state environmental agencies and similar agencies. Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys -- skilled in litigation, OSHA matters, environmental matters, investigations, and crisis response and management -- have handled numerous wrongful death cases, many of which have arisen on an emergent basis. Whether it’s receiving a call at midnight regarding the murder of a client’s employee, or being called to the scene within two hours of a fatal workplace accident, our attorneys are skilled at effectively handling the myriad issues accompanying wrongful death claims.
Our firm was called to the scene of our client’s manufacturing facility within two hours of an explosion which killed one contractor’s employee and injured another. We quickly convened a team of lawyers with decades of relevant experience, and immediately arrived on the scene. At once, we began handling the OSHA and EPA inquiries, as well as what would be a lengthy investigation by the Chemical Safety Board. From the very beginning, we worked to address pressing media inquiries as well as other time-sensitive internal matters regarding incident response. We effectively negotiated and resolved the OSHA and environmental issues. We also resolved the claims of the contractor employees on favorable terms by mediation. Indeed, we achieved the client’s goal of successfully settling the wrongful death claim before it was even filed.