When you're injured in an on-the-job accident, the law requires your employer to pay your medical bills and replace your wages if you're unable to return to work. That's why employers carry workers' compensation insurance. What happens if the worker is killed, then? His or her family is left dealing with medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages. In this case, workers' compensation is designed to pay the family for their loss.
One Pennsylvania family is mourning a loved one today after he was killed in a landfill collapse in Fox Township. The 49-year-old was in a compactor when the landfill collapsed, trapping him under 40 feet of disposal. Crews searched for several hours, using radar equipment to find the man. Finally, they got a hit in the overnight hours: a piece of machinery that matched the size and shape of a compactor.
Around 1:30 the next day, rescue crews were able to pull the man out, and he was pronounced dead. Authorities are saying accidental/blunt force trauma was the cause of death.
In a tragic case like this one, workers' compensation should take care of the man's family. However, there are times when insurance companies deny claims or do as little as possible to lend aid to the grieving family.
When that happens, it may be in the best interests of the victims to contact an experienced attorney. A workers' compensation lawyer might be able to help them file an appeal or fight the insurance company to get compensation.
Source: mytwintiers.com, "PA Landfill Worker Found Dead Following Accident Wednesday," February 10, 2017