If someone you love has lost their life due to the recklessness of another person contact Injury Trial Lawyers today to discuss your right to compensation. As the events at SeaWorld show, anyone can be a victim of wrongful death. A qualified San Diego personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
Last year SeaWorld was cited as Consumerist’s Worst Company in America. The company was crowned with this title after a documentary examined one fateful day in the park. What began as a normal February day of entertainment for children and adults alike quickly turned tragic. As some park goers wandered through the mix observing the animals and eating snow cones, a show began at center stage.
An orca named Tilikum was performing a show called “Dine with Shamu” with his trainer Dawn Brancheau. At least twelve onlookers watched as Tilikum pulled Brancheau into the pool but none appeared to recognize the severity of the situation. Brancheau died from blunt force trauma. Her spinal cord was severed. This was the third time Tilikum was found responsible for the death of a human. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration subsequently fined the park $75,000 for their violations of workplace safety. Tilikum resumed performing in March of 2011. As of May 2015 SeaWorld has gotten itself into hot water again for the danger California Authorities have identified the park poses to workers.
As if the citations issued after Brancheau’s death were not enough to spark concern into the San Diego based attraction, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Department has cited the park for even more violations of workplace safety. The authorities gave out four citations to park owners claiming that there are still not enough protections for the workers who train the killer whales. SeaWorld evidently failed to effectuate an “injury and illness prevention program.” The program is required by authorities and designed to identify workplace hazards that create a risk of serious injury or death. The citations particularly identified that the employees who rode the killer whales or swam with them were unprotected. A spokeswoman for California OSHA gave a statement informing that “All employers are required to have a safety plan that looks at all of the jobs and duties, looks at any hazards related to those duties and takes appropriate steps, whether it’s specific work practices or protective equipment in order to keep employees safe on the job.” She summed up appropriately by reiterating that the goal of any workplace is to have people going home safely.
Our team at Injury Trial Lawyers agrees wholeheartedly with the California division of OSHA. When an employee is hurt at work there is a system of insurance in place to tend to their medical treatment and help them obtain partial payments for their time away from work during recovery. When an employee is killed as a result of performing their daily tasks, workers’ compensation may not be enough to compensate the survivors. When employers willfully and recklessly create situations where employees’ lives are in danger, the employers can be held responsible for the employee’s death.
Survivors of the employee are entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of suit permits loved ones to hold reckless employers responsible for the hazardous conditions they have created. Speak to one of our qualified personal injury attorneys today.
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