As Pennsylvania residents reading this blog likely know, workplace accidents can be devastating and unpredictable. Fortunately, certain laws protect workers’ rights, and those hurt during the course of their employment may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation, which can help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages. In cases where an employee dies as a result of the accident, workers’ compensation benefits may still be available to the family of the victim. While the loss of a loved one can never be erased by material compensation, families do often find some measure of consolation by the monetary damages that are often due after a fatal accident. Following the death of an employee in a recent Pennsylvania construction accident, one family may be considering just these options.
On Nov. 11, a 20-year-old man was working at the Carriage Works Redevelopment Project along the first block of South Highland Street in West York. While he was on the job, a large piece of equipment fell on him. Reportedly, the man was operating a piece of heavy machinery known as a Pettibone lift. Possibly because of wind, the lift began to teeter back and forth. The man tried to run away from the machine, but it fell onto him, killing him instantly.
As with this case, when a worker is injured or dies in a workplace accident, he or his family may be able to collect workers’ compensation. The family of the construction worker may be able to collect the benefits to cover the funeral expenses and also to help make up for lost wages. To determine exactly what the possibilities are, the family may benefit from seeking consultation with an attorney who is experienced in the area of workers’ compensation. When a family is grieving the loss of a loved one, some legal issues can see overwhelming. An attorney can ensure the timely and proper filing of the forms necessary to apply for workers’ compensation, as well as help make certain that the family receives the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Source: wgal.com, “Man Killed In Construction Accident Identified,” Nov. 11, 2011