A California family is grieving the loss of a loved one after a work-related accident caused a fatal injury. The man had served in his position with Berkeley’s Zero Waste division for 25 years. Any fatal work accident is tragic, and loved ones left behind could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which could include funeral expenses, medical costs and recompense for lost income.

The accident occurred as the man and his co-worker were traveling on their regular garbage route in Beverly Hills when they were involved in an traffic accident. According to California authorities, the accident was caused by a number of different factors. An incident involving the death of a city worker who is not a police officer or fire fighter is rare, and the incident is still under investigation.

The deceased worker was praised for his kindness and dedication to his family and work. He leaves behind two children and three sisters as well as a large extended family. Through California workers’ compensation benefits, the family may seek to obtain support for beneficiaries. The amount granted will depend on the individual circumstances, and it may be necessary to seek legal support in order to obtain rightful compensation.

When an individual is killed at work, it is within the rights of the family to seek workers’ compensation death benefits. This insurance system is complex, and it is more effectively navigated with the help of an experienced legal team. A family of a fatally injured worker may seek a case evaluation for an explanation of rights and options.

Source: dailycal.org, “City employee Johnny Tolliver dies due to work-related accident, is remembered for his generous nature“, Ericka Shin, Jan. 13, 2016