Tennessee men and women report to dangerous workplaces, such as construction sites, every single day of the week. Indeed, they put their lives on the line just so that they can put food on the table for their families. Tragically, in dangerous working conditions, accidents do happen and people lose their lives. In such instances, the families left behind may qualify for workers' compensation death benefits to help them get through this difficult time.
Recently, one such tragic event occurred on Interstate 40. According to a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, one worker was fatally injured in an accident. Although the worker was taken to a hospital for treatment, doctors were unable to successfully treat the injuries. The worker died later that day.
Reports indicate the worker suffered catastrophic injuries after being pinned by a lift machine underneath a bridge. No further information was released regarding the fatal accident. However, the Sheriff's Office for Fayette County is currently investigating the exact cause of the incident.
The loss of this worker will no doubt be felt by coworkers and surviving family members. Tennessee families who lose a contributor to family income may find themselves unable to make ends meet. This is where workers' compensation benefits can serve as a lifeline, helping during what will likely be one of the most trying periods of their lives. Workers' compensation benefits may cover funeral costs for a loved one in addition to compensating the victim's dependents for lost income after losing a major income producer in the family.
Source: jacksonsun.com, One man killed in construction accident on Interstate 40 near exit 42, No author, Jan. 18, 2014