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Worker injury, fatality may lead to workers' compensation claims

People in Maryland know that the injury or death of a community member has a long-lasting impact on the community as a whole. In this sense, they can likely sympathize with one out-of-state town that is likely reeling from two separate workplace accidents that resulted in an injury and a fatality. Apart from the community support received, the man suffering a worker injury and the family of the deceased man will likely require workers' compensation benefits to cope with the financial consequences of the accidents.

The first accident happened at a trash hauling company on the last Thursday in May, just before 7 a.m. Reports indicate that the 31-year-old victim was struck in the head by a piece of machinery that came loose from a large piece of equipment. He died at the scene.

The second accident that struck the New Jersey town happened just a few days later. A man was working for a company that was hired to dig a hole for a septic system. Steel walls had been erected to protect the hole from falling dirt. Unfortunately, one of the walls collapsed, pinning the man’s leg. The man’s leg was crushed, but he is expected to survive.

Both of these workplace accidents will likely have serious financial consequences. The family of the deceased man will have to cope with funeral expenses and the loss of his income. The man suffering from a worker injury may require extensive medical treatment and missed time from work as he struggles to recover. Just as workers from Maryland, those who are injured -- or their families in the case of a fatality -- may qualify for the workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Some have found that those with experience concerning the laws and applicable procedures may help to successfully navigate the system.

Source:, "Dad killed in one of two industrial accidents in Freehold", Margaret F. Bonafide, June 3, 2014

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