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Worker killed in fatal job site injury due to fallen tree

When a Tennessee worker operates heavy machinery outdoors, the job often carries with it a greater chance of getting injured. Between the machinery and the inherent dangers of many job sites, the risk of injury is substantial. When a job site injury is fatal, the deceased worker's dependents typically file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits.

A job site injury occurred recently in the latter part of August in Humboldt. The city worker died when he was critically injured by a tree that fell on him. The 70-year-old man had been working that morning on a crew behind the local high school, according to the mayor.

A member of the man's crew was working in close proximity to a tree that was rotten. Apparently, the worker didn't realize just how rotten it had become. As he pulled some vines off of it, the tree collapsed and fell on top of him. He was airlifted to a local medical center, but he succumbed to his injuries that afternoon.

When a Tennessee worker suffers a fatal job site injury, the workers' compensation program aims to provide death benefits to individuals who were related to the deceased worker -- for example, a spouse, child, parent or sibling -- and were also financially dependent on that individual. The main purpose of the benefit is to compensate dependent family members for the loss of financial support. This compensation is also often used to help ameliorate some of the end-of-life expenses that are typically incurred by a decedent's family, including medical bills and burial costs. It is typical to consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist with this process.

Source: wbbjtv.com, "Humboldt city worker dies from injuries caused by fallen tree", Aug. 31, 2015

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