In another worrisome first for Arizona, a recent report indicates that Arizona suffers the nation’s highest rate of work-related wrongful death, and Tucson seems especially hard-hit. Nationwide in 2013, about 4,500 workers died on the job, and Arizona had more than its share. In fact, during 2013 our state led all others, with an average of more than 8 workplace deaths per million workers.
Of Arizona’s total work-related deaths, nearly ten percent were homicides, about five percent resulted from animal attacks, and the remainder were mostly due to unsafe workplace conditions and other job hazards.
Hazards in the workplace
Tucson accounts for a worrisome number of on-the-job fatalities. As safety budgets shrink and more corners are cut, construction accidents and industrial hazards claim more victims in Pima County each year.
Given the increasing use of undocumented migrant workers in construction, farming and other industries, the number of wrongful deaths will probably keep rising. Until employers take appropriate measures to protect their employees and contractors, families will continue to suffer the consequences.
An advocate for workers and their families
All too often, employers use their financial resources to stymie the claims of affected workers and their families, instead of paying them. By stalling, employers and other responsible parties often force desperate family members into settling their claims for a pittance. So, it’s important to have a strong legal advocate on your side.
If your family has lost a loved one through wrongful death in a Tucson workplace, or if your loved one has been injured on-the-job here, you need an advocate who can fight for your rights. The Bob Barber Law Firm is Tucson’s leading wrongful death attorney.
Bob Barber is Tucson’s strongest advocate for workers and their families. He can investigate the circumstances, hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions, and fight to win the financial compensation that you and your family deserve.
To learn more about your options following a workplace accident, call Bob Barber at 520-293-4440