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After fatality, family may claim workers' compensation benefits

The recent death of a Pennsylvania worker serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers and risks that are an inherent part of certain jobs. A pipeline worker was recently killed as a bulldozer rolled over him while he was working. While any work-related death is tragic, it is important to note that families may be eligible for certain workers' compensation benefits if a family member died at work or as a direct result of injuries sustained at work. 

At the time of the accident, the man was driving a bulldozer on a steep grade. The bulldozer rolled down the hill, turning several times before coming to a stop. While other details are not known, the company did release a statement confirming the occurrence of a fatal accident. 

When a loved one dies on the job, it can unexpectedly throw a family into financial turmoil. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering, family members may be left with medical bills, end-of-life expenses and the loss of the income of the deceased. Fortunately, grieving families may be able to claim benefits through workers' compensation insurance. These benefits may cover the cost of funeral expenses, other costs and lost income. 

The workers' compensation system can be complex, and families may find it difficult to claim the benefits needed after the death of a family member. After a fatal accident, dependants and spouses have the right to a complete understanding of their rightful entitlements. A complete case evaluation with a knowledgeable Pennsylvania lawyer can be a beneficial step for families facing a difficult time.

Source: stargazette.com, "Pipeline worker killed in construction accident", Dave Bohrer, Aug. 4, 2015

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