Anyone who has been without a job knows of the financial stresses a family can face when there is less income. Unfortunately, when wages are lost as a result of a fatality, family members may also have to cope with funeral expenses and medical bills, all while dealing with the emotional implications of their loss. When a fatality is the result of a workplace accident, dependent family members in Massachusetts may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. One out-of-state family may need these benefits after a fatal accident.
The accident happened one morning in early March. Reports indicate that than a 41-year-old man working at Markman Peat Corporation died of asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. His clothing was apparently became ensnared in a conveyor belt.
Reports indicate that the man didn’t normally work with the equipment that is believed to have caused the accident, and it was unclear why he was near the conveyor belt. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically conducts an investigation into accidents that result in fatalities.
The loss of a loved one is never easy. When a family depends upon their deceased loved one’s income to meet their basic needs, such a loss can feel even more devastating. Fortunately, Massachusetts state law requires employers to provide their workers with insurance coverage that will protect them financially in the event of a workplace accident. In the event of a fatality, these benefits typically extend to the worker’s family members. In many instances, an experienced professional has helped a grieving family pursue all of the benefits to which they were rightfully entitled.
Source: wndu.com, “LaPorte man dies in industrial accident“, March 6, 2015