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Workers' compensation possible after fatal fall

Millions of workers in this country report to work each day in order to support themselves and their families. While the vast majority of employers in Maryland go to great lengths to ensure that their employees are safe as they complete their work responsibilities, accidents still happen. These accidents can result in medical bills and lost wages. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage to their employees in the event of a workplace accident. One out-of-state family may qualify for such benefits after a fatal accident took the life of its loved one.

Reports indicate that a 36-year-old man was working at Baucom Services. The man had been an employee of the repair shop for approximately four years. Just before noon one morning in January, rescue workers received a call about an accident in which he was involved.

The employee had reportedly been working in a grain silo when he fell. Although his co-workers attempted a rescue, they were unable to save him. Unfortunately, the man suffocated as a result of the accident.

While the accident is under investigation, the family members of the deceased man are likely coping with his death and trying to decide how they will deal with funeral expenses and the loss of his wages. Workers' compensation benefits, which typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality, could cover many of the expenses stemming from the accident. People in Maryland who have found themselves in similar situations can seek the advice of those experienced with such cases to help them pursue the compensation to which they may be entitled.

Source: wsoctv.com, "Authorities identify man who fell into grain bin, suffocated", Jan. 10, 2015

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