If your family member has died as a result of a plant or chemical accident or explosion, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. That means, as a surviving spouse, parent, or child, you can sue and recover for the following: medical bills incurred before the victim passes away; funeral and burial expenses; economic damages; loss of earnings that would have been made in the future; loss of the relationship, companionship and care (loss of consortium); loss of household services; loss of inheritance; loss of services and support, such as nurture, care, education, and guidance; loss of advice and counsel; mental anguish, distress, emotional pain and torment suffered by the survivors; pain and suffering of the deceased; loss of parental consortium, including the loss of love, society, companionship, affection, solace, comfort and assistance; and punitive (or exemplary) damages.
We know that the untimely and sudden death of your loved one is a traumatic and life-altering experience, and the last thing you may be thinking about is pursuing legal action. But we want you to understand the importance of hiring a lawyer as soon as the incident occurs. It is important to have a legal representative involved in the investigation of the explosion or accident who can fight for your loved one right from the start, and who understands how to navigate through the exploratory state following the explosion, and who will make sure evidence related to the explosion or incident is preserved.