Workers' compensation benefits are available to help workers and families harmed in a construction accident. A construction worker was recently killed in California and another worker was also injured in the same construction accident and had to be taken to a local medical center. The worker who was killed was a married father of two and had been working for 15 years for the construction company that was working to clear a land slide at the time of the accident. The 54-year old victim was noted as a "beloved" and "well-respected" member of the construction team he worked for.
The construction worker was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while working to clear the roadway of the slide. Work at the site has been suspended until an investigation is completed, according to Caltran. When a worker is killed or injured on the job, their livelihood and sense of security, and that of their family members, can unexpectedly be gone in an instant. A fatal construction accident can leave family members facing overwhelming emotional and financial strain and burdens all at the same time.
Workers' compensation benefits death benefits may be available to assist the family through an unthinkably difficult time following a fatal construction accident. Reasonable burial expenses may be available to assist with the funeral. In addition, death benefits are available and are determined according to the number of dependants the worker has left behind. Likewise, workers' compensation benefits for medical expenses and lost wages may be available to workers injured in a construction accident.
A fatal workplace accident of any type can create tremendous upheaval for surviving family members trying to cope with the loss of a loved one. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with their rights and the protections available to them through workers' compensation.
Source: ABCNews.com, "Father of two identified as construction worker killed on Highway 17," Katie Marzullo, Accessed Feb. 9, 2017