For many Connecticut residents, a seemingly normal day at work can turn injurious or even deadly in a matter of moments. Workplace accidents are extremely common, and, depending on the severity, an on-the-job injury can leave a victim with significant damages. These losses can include rehabilitation and medical expenses, as well as lost wages. Fortunately, the workers' compensation may provide relief to these individuals and their families, even when the workplace accident results in death.
One family may need that assistance now after a man was killed at a Connecticut construction site. According to reports, the victim was part of a construction crew that was working on a sewer line when a backhoe struck him. The man was taken to the hospital, where he passed away as a result of his injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating the 55-year-old man's death and will be looking to see if there were any safety violations.
Though many Connecticut residents are familiar with how workers' compensation can help them if they are injured on the job, many may not know that the system's benefits can kick in to help surviving family members of those who are killed on the job. Yet, there is a very formal process that must be adhered to, and certain requirements must be met in order to recover these benefits.
Therefore, those who could use some financial support in the aftermath of their loved one's passing should familiarize themselves with the legal process as it relates to workers' compensation. By speaking with an attorney, these individuals may learn more about how the law applies to their situation and what they can do to better their chances of recovering the compensation they need.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Construction Worker Killed in Backhoe Accident in West Haven," June 22, 2016