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Workers' compensation supports deceased man's family

In New Hampshire, workplace mishaps often affect more people than just the injured employee. Co-workers may also be distressed when they witness an accident or discover a wounded colleague. Of course, the spouses of injured workers may find themselves in the role of caretaker, relying on workers' compensation for support during a prolonged recovery. However, the impact felt by all of these people rises to a different level when an injury on the job takes the life of a worker. 

This past summer, a man employed by a local sign company in another state was working in a confined crawl space above businesses in a nearby shopping plaza. Police say emergency responders were called to the plaza when the man became unresponsive. After struggling to free the worker from the crawl space, medical personnel were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, although the cause of his death was not immediately known.

After two months of investigation, the medical examiner's office released its report, concluding that the man had been electrocuted while working behind the plaza signs. However, the local office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said they are continuing their investigation. According to the man's sister, he had only recently returned to working for the sign company after having been laid off for several years.

Workers' compensation death benefits provide money for funeral expenses, as well as support for dependent spouses and children. At a time when they are dealing with the trauma of losing a loved one, people do not want to hassle over their claim with an insurance company. If this man, who was from New Hampshire, left family members who relied on his salary, they would benefit from contacting an attorney who will work to make sure they receive the maximum benefits they deserve.

Source: courant.com, "Contractor's Death In Rocky Hill Ruled Accident By Electrocution", Vinny Vella, Sept. 6, 2016

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