Workers’ Compensation Death Settlement

NORFOLK, Va. (2/19/2016) Attorney Rhett B. Franklin won a significant settlement (figures subject to confidentiality agreement) for the widow of a dock worker who was fatally injured when he fell out of a defective loading dock door.  Video surveillance cameras provided inconclusive footage of what caused the worker to fall out of the door just as a trailer was attaching to the dock lock.  Also, because the decedent did not die at the scene, the death presumption in Virginia was not available to the claimant’s widow.  After extensive and exhaustive pre-trial hearings, the parties were able to resolve the litigation through mediation.  In addition to settling the underlying case, Franklin & Franklin was able to secure monies for a trust fund to pay for the worker’s surviving minor son and for his future needs. 

If you are involved in a serious workers’ compensation accident, please contact Franklin & Franklin for a free initial consultation at (757) 316-8888.  Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day.

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