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Workers' compensation possible after fatal workplace accident

Many cities in the country, including those in Maryland, make an effort to beautify their community. While many enjoy such efforts, which can include landscaping a median, it is easy to overlook the potential hazards the workers who create and maintain such endeavors may face. For example, one out-of-state man was recently killed while maintaining landscaping. His family may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits as a result.

Reports indicate that the 60-year-old man was maintaining the landscaping in a median one morning in early February. Meanwhile, the 25 year-old driver of a flatbed truck containing a load of steel pipe was driving toward him. Unfortunately, the load of pipe shifted, sending one airborne.

The landscaper was reportedly struck by the pipe, severing his leg. Although he was transported to an area hospital for treatment, he reportedly died from the injuries he suffered. Police do not believe that alcohol contributed to the accident but are asking for anyone with additional information to contact them.

The vast majority of employers in Maryland and across the country work to protect the safety of their employees. Despite their precautions, unforeseen circumstances can lead to an accident. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to protect their employees financially in the event of an accident. In the case of a fatality, these benefits typically extend to dependent family members. In many cases, however, it may be necessary to seek the assistance of an experienced professional in order to pursue fair and timely compensation.

Source: sbsun.com, "San Bernardino man dies after steel pipe flew from truck, severed leg", Doug Saunders, Feb. 5, 2015

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