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Workers' compensation: Man dies while repairing combine

Some jobs in Kentucky are more unusual than others, and some are more dangerous as well. Any job that requires workers to be on lifts, scaffolding, around large equipment or in risky locations could place an employee in harm's way. Fortunately, most employers provide workers' compensation insurance to employees to help cover medical expenses in the unfortunate event of an accident that results in injury. When injuries result in death, some families are also eligible for some insurance benefits. One family in another state has likely had to process all the insurance and benefits they are eligible for, following their loved one's death that resulted from a work accident.

The 47-year-old worker was employed by an equipment facility and was attempting to repair a large combine machine on a lift when the accident occurred. He was completing the work with another employee, and they had placed a strap around a metal mechanism to help pull it loose. Apparently, they were both trying to remove the combine's auger mechanism when a piece of metal dislodged.

The metal did become loose and hit the man in the head. After being hit in the head, he fell almost 10 feet to the floor from the lift. His injury was so severe that he did not survive to be treated in a medical facility. An autopsy report confirmed that his injury was the cause of death.

It is understandably difficult to cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one. When a deceased loved one financially supports other family members, the loss of income can complicate the grief period. A Kentucky attorney familiar with the workers' compensation system can assist a grieving family through understanding their rights to death benefits and also with filing a claim.

Source: wcfcourier.com, "Stacyville man dies in workplace accident", Jeff Reinitz, Nov. 30, 2017

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