Lawsuits Likely After Arizona Cited in Firefighter Deaths

Citations and fines issued to the Arizona Forestry Division for the deaths of 19 firefighters could bolster efforts by their families to sue the state, but the bar for filing lawsuits in workplace deaths remains high, according to lawyers, reports The Associated Press. The state Industrial Commission's decision to issue $559,000 in fines after finding willful and serious lapses of workplace safety rules will make it easier to get around laws preventing wrongful death lawsuits in nearly all workplace accidents, a lawyer for one family and another employment law attorney said. But others said Thursday that the bar is high and a judge may not allow families to sue. The Industrial Commissio...

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