Family may want to file for workers' compensation after death

It's no secret that construction sites here in Oklahoma and across the rest of the country are dangerous places to work. There are power tools and large pieces of equipment of industrial grade throughout the work sites. While there are laws and regulations in place to ensure that the risks of injuries while on the job are reduced, a workplace accident may still cause serious or even fatal injuries to a worker. When an individual does suffers an injury during the course of his or her employment, it is typically possible to obtain workers' compensation benefits.

A worker at a construction site in a state outside Oklahoma recently lost his life. The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on a recent Friday morning. When the call was made for help, the report indicated that there had been an industrial accident causing injuries that were considered life-threatening. When first responders arrived, the worker had already succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, there are several agencies that are conducting full investigations regarding the accident. It remains unclear exactly what happened. In the same town, a construction lift recently flipped over and killed a 48-year-old operator.

The family of the deceased victim may qualify for workers' compensation death benefits, which can help them recover financial compensation to help pay for the funeral and burial. There is also a package available for surviving dependents, which can go a long way in replacing the accident victim's income in the household and help the family focus on their grief instead of the financial burden left behind by an untimely death. Since workers' compensation can be a particularly complex process, the family will likely benefit by seeking the help of a professional to guide them through the claims process and represent their personal interests.

Source:, "Worker killed on the job at Taunton construction site", Sept. 4, 2015

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