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Man killed in kiln as he is trapped inside: Family seeks answers

When a person suffers a serious injury or dies as a result of a company's negligence, it's possible to seek compensation from that company. Normally, workplace injuries go through workers' compensation claims. However, in some cases, a lawsuit could be necessary, like if a person is a third party contractor and not an employee.

An accident took place in Texas that has resulted in a family bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against a local pottery company. Marshall Pottery is accused of negligence, because when a man entered the kiln to perform maintenance, it closed automatically and trapped him inside. Then, it began to heat.

Then man's family is suing for negligence and gross negligence, claiming that the plant did not provide the man with a safe work environment. Additionally, there was no emergency kill switch on the kiln and the company had not supervised its employees properly, according to the claim.

The 47-year-old man's family is seeking over $1 million through their claim. The compensation covers more than just medical bills; the man was also a father and husband, leaving three children and his wife behind.

In cases like this, it's important to know all the options that are open to you. If a loved one is killed as a result of negligence, it's wise to look into filing a wrongful death claim or pursuing workers' compensation, depending on your situation. Your attorney can help you understand the rights you have and the processes you need to follow if you want to seek compensation for medical bills and other losses.

Source: KSLA, "Family sues ArkLaTex plant where man died in kiln," Curtis Heyen and Nick Lawton, May 24, 2017

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