When a workplace accident, occurs it can take a significant amount of time before authorities and safety agencies complete an investigation and publish the results. In the meantime, those who suffered an on-the-job injury in California or any other state may still be able to obtain relief by filing for benefits through workers’ compensation. This also applies to the family of those killed in a workplace accident. One family may be considering this option as they are awaiting more details to be released regarding a recent fatal construction accident.
Minimal information regarding the incident has been revealed, although it has been reported that a heavy piece of machinery fell on top of a worker and ended up killing him. The local police and fire departments arrived on the scene as soon as they were alerted to the accident. As of now, they have not reported what the worker may have been doing at the time of the accident, which occurred on a loading dock.
No matter what the worker may have been doing, the family of the decedent will now be facing an emotionally trying period. Also, if the worker happened to be a significant contributor to household income, the family may also be facing some serious financial problems. Not only will the loss of income be detrimental, but the unexpected costs of a funeral may also weigh heavily on the family’s pocketbook.
On the other hand, it does not matter what may have caused the construction accident, the family will likely be able to obtain some financial assistance by filing for benefits via workers’ compensation. A family in California or another jurisdiction will be able to do this even if it is revealed that no safety violations had occurred. However, it is important that the claim be completed and processed accurately in order to avoid any delay in benefits during a time in need. Professional assistance is available to help in seeking the maximum level of benefits available.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Police Investigating Fatal Construction Accident“, , Oct. 10, 2014