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A workplace accident may present a very difficult situation, particularly if it results in serious injury or death. Families are often left devastated, not just emotionally, but financially in the months and even years following their loss. Recently, a California man was fatally injured on the job when he was ejected from the seat of his tractor and then run over. In the wake of his death, his loved ones likely feel uncertain about their future.

The accident occurred in Sonoma County on Jan. 17. The 38-year-old, who was working as a contractor for a property owner, was reportedly using a bulldozer-style tractor to clear dirt around a dry pond. He was flung from the seat by the impact of the front scraper striking the ground as it moved downhill. The tractor continued to move, striking and killing him.

The victim was purportedly ejected from the tractor because he was not wearing a safety belt. According to reports, the property owner witnessed the accident. Officials from Cal/OSHA are currently investigating the accident, which they are considering to be a work-related fatality.

As they try to come to terms with their enormous loss, the dependent family members of the decedent may also be facing financial hardships. When a family member is fatally injured on the job, loved ones have to deal with funeral and burial expenses as well as the decrease in income resulting from the loss of a paycheck. In California, workers’ compensation death benefits are designed to help families who are dealing with this situation. However, the process of obtaining these benefits can be stressful, so the decedent’s loved ones may benefit from seeking assistance in order to ensure that they get all the benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, Man run over and killed by tractor, Henry K. Lee, Jan. 18, 2014