Work injuries are not uncommon, but they are usually preventable. Unfortunately, there are times when work accidents claim lives and surviving family members are left picking up the pieces. At The Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, our Oxnard wrongful death attorneys are ready to step in if you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or negligence of another person. Today, we want to talk about a recent work incident that claimed the life of a worker in Oxnard.
What happened in this recent incident?
In July, an incident involving a forklift claimed the life of a worker in a rural area outside Oxnard. The victim was Jose Luis Enriquez Esquivel, a 51-year-old Oxnard man. The incident took place on South Rice Avenue and happened when Enriquez Esquivel was run over by the forklift at his workplace.
A preliminary investigation found that the incident was an accident and that no foul play was involved. However, CalOSHA will be thoroughly investigating this workplace tragedy.
Most workplace incidents are preventable
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.8 million workplace injuries or illnesses during the latest reporting year in the US. While most of these were relatively minor, many of these incidents were serious. Others were fatal.
- According to OSHA, there were 5,147 on-the-job fatalities in the US in the latest reporting year.
Most workplace injuries and fatalities are preventable. It is vital that employers take the steps necessary to keep their workers safe. This includes a number of things:
- Ensuring workers have all the necessary safety equipment and clothing to do the jobs required.
- Ensuring that each worker is properly trained and understands all safety procedures.
Operating around heavy machinery like the forklift that claimed the life of Enriquez Esquivel is dangerous. When all safety measures are followed, these incidents do not happen.
Wrongful death cases are complex
Wrongful death cases in the workplace arise when a worker is killed due to the carelessness or negligence of the employer or another worker. These cases are not easy to prove, but they are often necessary to help surviving family members find closure and secure the compensation they need in the aftermath of an incident.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you have lost a loved one due to the reckless, careless, or intentional acts of another person or entity, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, our team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We understand that these cases can become complex. Let us investigate so we can secure the compensation you need, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Cost of any pre-death medical care
- Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of consortium/companionship damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible