A recent fatal workplace accident in California has once again highlighted the dangers associated with construction work. The accident happened at about 4.30 p.m. on a recent Friday in August. According to reports, a signal technician, 51 years old, was struck by, and then pinned under, a steel beam.
Workers working in the same area immediately hurried to free the man from under the steel beam. He was taken to a hospital in the area, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries later that evening. Both the police and Californian Division of the Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation into the safety of the tunnel, and workers could only return to their work late the next day.
As in this case, workplace injuries are very often life-changing, for the injured party or for the surviving family of a loved one who is killed while working. The family of the deceased construction worker killed in the on-the-job accident may choose to file for workers' compensation death benefits. Benefits awarded in a successful workers' compensation claim may assist the surviving family in dealing with many of the expenses that result from these types of tragedies, including funeral costs and an income package for the deceased victim's covered dependents.
No matter the cause of an injury, most state laws allow, at least, compensation for funeral costs as well as loss of income, but financial relief may include more depending on the circumstances. California employees may consider filing a workers' compensation claim after a serious workplace injury, or families in case of a fatal injury. As these claims are often complex, consulting a lawyer dedicated to claims arising from workplace injuries may be a good idea.