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Workers' compensation: Family mourns the loss of father

A man employed by Republic Steel was recently killed in a tragic workplace accident. The 62-year-old was carrying out his duties as a brakeman for a train crew when his train car collided an additional set of cars that were motionless on the tracks in front of him. The man's family, who are likely experiencing intense emotional turmoil following the loss of their loved one, may be able to qualify for workers' compensation benefits to help them through this difficult time. Although this accident happened out of state, Tennessee families in similar situations can also benefit from filing a workers' compensation claim under appropriate circumstances.

According to the county coroner's officer, the train worker had latched onto the side of the train while in the process of delivering scrap from one part of the plant's sprawling grounds to another. Apparently, neither the man nor his coworkers saw that there were stationary train cars parked on the tracks ahead. The victim's body was caught between both sets of cars as they passed one another.

As of Feb. 15, the autopsy of the man had yet to be performed. However, according to the coroner, the victim succumbed to multiple injuries immediately. His identity has yet to be released by authorities, but according to reports, he leaves behind a wife and family.

The loss of this hardworking community member will no doubt be felt throughout the town in which he lives. More significantly, though, his family will be forced to make do without a significant contributor to their family income. They may also be forced to bear the expensive burden of covering the various expenses that come along with the death of a family member, such as funeral and burial costs. As with many Tennessee workers suffering similar on-the-job fatal accidents, a successfully navigated workers' compensation claim could assist the man's family in covering these costs so that they can focus on the more important and difficult task of healing emotionally after such a tragic accident. Also, , this man's family may qualify for various assistance and insurance benefits as a result of the labor union to which he belonged.

Source: chronicle.northcoastnow.com, Employee dies at Republic Steel, Steve Fogarty, Feb. 15, 2014

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