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Workers' compensation: Families eligible for benefits after death

It could be argued that Kentucky workers are employed in one of the safest times that has existed. Workers have more rights, more safety gear and more regulatory agencies to promote safe work environments, but on-the-job accidents still occur. Sadly, one family in another state may be filing for workers' compensation death benefits in the near future.

The family's loved one was working at a pipeline construction site when the fatal accident occurred. He was 38 years old at the time of his death. Apparently, the ditch for the pipeline had been dug, the pipe laid and was being covered when he was hit by a construction vehicle. Reportedly, the driver of the vehicle did not see the man as the driver was packing the dirt over the pipeline. The victim was walking near the vehicle. 

Reportedly, the man did not immediately die, but did succumb to his injuries before paramedics were able to transfer him to a medical facility. There were about 20 other workers on site at the time of the tragedy. As expected, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, and construction at the site has been halted.

Although workers' compensation insurance is a provided benefit for employees, it has become a difficult and complicated system. In the midst of coping with the loss of a loved one, it may be overwhelming to attempt to file a claim. Many families find it beneficial to seek the advice of an attorney in Kentucky to understand who qualifies for death benefits. Compensation from death benefits will not replace a loved one, but can assist families as they financially adjust without their loved one's income contribution.

Source: kxan.com, "Worker who died in WilCo pipeline construction accident identified", Jerry Becker, Sept. 2, 2017

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