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Family of fatal accident victim may seek workers' compensation

A man was recently killed in a construction accident that occurred recently in Mentor, Blount County. The accident took place on a recent Tuesday afternoon in late March. When Tennessee workers suffer similar fatal injuries while at work, their loved ones are typically entitled to submit a workers' compensation claim.

The 28-year-old worker was at work in a 4-foot deep trench. For reasons currently explained, the trench suddenly collapsed on him. The worker was in the process of relocating a water line.

The company is expected to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of this fatal accident. They will also be joined by OSHA on this investigation. The accident affected both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic; the latter being closed until the collective agency's investigation is completed.

When an industrial worker is fatally injured on the job in Tennessee, his or her dependents typically seek to file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits. The workers' compensation program aims to  provide these 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 -- it 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. Although the financial compensation cannot do anything to bring a decedent back, it can, however, help a decedent's family. Loved ones typically consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist them with this process.

Source: wkyc.com, "Update: One man dead after Mentor construction accident", March 29, 2016

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