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Victims' families push forward in fatal workplace accident case

When an employer violates state or federal workplace regulations, it endangers the safety of its employees. Thus, if an accident results from the violation, the employer can face fines and penalties from the government. Furthermore, any injured workers may have a legal cause of action against the employer.

Such is the case for a West Virginia metal recycling company. A few years ago, a terrible explosion at the AL Solutions Inc. recycling plant claimed the lives of three workers. Following the accident, three federal agencies launched investigations into the accident and the company's safety practices. In addition, the families of the deceased victims filed wrongful death lawsuits against AL Solutions Inc.

Recently, the company negotiated a settlement agreement with the federal government. The government's lawsuit centered around numerous environmental and safety hazards related to the company's illegal storage of highly flammable and explosive substances.

The settlement will force AL Solutions Inc. to pay monetary penalties and to change its methods of handling the dangerous chemicals that led to the fatal workplace accident. As for the families of the three victims, however, their attorneys vow to continue pushing their lawsuits forward.

Like other wrongful death cases, the plaintiffs in this case will likely try to prove that the company knew about the dangers that its workers faced. They will also try to show that the company had an obligation to take steps to avoid this kind of a tragic accident.

Nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one. But, holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions can help bring closure for families like the ones in this case. Moreover, compensation can help them cover the multitude of expenses that can add up quickly after a fatal accident.

Source: The Review, "Federal settlement brings some closure to fatal accident," Steven Huba, Mar. 2, 2014

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