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Killed worker's family may file workers' compensation claim

Any type of construction work comes with an inherent amount of risk. Sadly, accidents occur quite frequently at construction sites in Maryland and all across the country. As such, employers in this field of work are legally required to provide workers' compensation benefits to employees, which may help provide some financial security in the event of injury, illness or death while on the job.

Road construction workers are often called upon to perform jobs in areas all around the state. Recently, while working on a stretch of road at Rocks State Park, one such worker was struck and killed by a concrete barrier. According to reports, two workers were in a ravine, collecting equipment, when the barrier fell and struck both employees. The other worker suffered injuries in the incident, which are believed to be non-life threatening.

Few details about the employees involved in this incident have been released. The accident is currently being investigated by the state's Occupational Health and Safety Administration office. At this time, it is unknown what caused the barrier to fall; however, it has been speculated that the ground underneath the lane separator gave way.

Both the injured worker and the family members of the deceased retain the right to file for workers' compensation benefits as a result of this incident. The surviving employee, for instance, may file claims to gain financial assistance for the time needed away from work and to pay for care needed to assist his physical recovery, while the family members of the deceased may file for death benefits, which can help cover funeral expenses and future lost wages -- among other things. Whether Maryland residents are filing for these benefits for themselves or on behalf of a loved one, help is available to those struggling with the complex claims process.

Source: betterroads.com, "Road worker crushed and killed by concrete lane barrier", Wayne Grayson, Jan. 20, 2015

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