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Workplace accidents lead to financial gaps for Maryland families

Injuries occurring while on the job can have a ripple effect to not only the worker and the company, but the worker's family as well. When the employee is injured, the medical and painful aspect of the incident can leave one unable to work for days, weeks or even longer. The financial implications of workplace accidents can really put families in a monetary rough spot. The loss of income from not being able to work can create a negative bank balance and stress within a family unit. When Maryland workers are hurt or fatally injured while on the job, workers' compensation benefits are typically available.

Authorities received a call around 2:20 p.m. to assist with helping rescue two men who had become trapped in a grain elevator in another state. Unsure of why the men were in the grain elevator and what exactly happened, all that was reported was that the men were buried under 20 to 25 feet of grain. Upon arrival of rescue workers, the men had been trapped for nearly two hours.

Vacuum trucks had been called in to assist with the removal of grain as rescue workers donned harnesses and entered the grain elevator attempting to rescue the men. At 4:35 p.m., authorities changed the rescue to a recovery effort. Around 5:20 p.m. the bodies of the two workers, a 32-year-old male and a 28-year-old male, were recovered.

Using an experienced Maryland attorney to help assist in filing a workers' compensation claims after workplace accidents happen can help the victim or the surviving family in pursuing recovery of all applicable benefits. The knowledge and guidance can take the burden of compensation proceedings and providing proof off of the family and/or the victim. Monies received from a successful claim can help cover medical costs and lost wages, and in the event of a fatality, provide a means to assist the family for a stipulated period of time in the absence of a provider.

Source:, "Victims south Wichita grain elevator accident officially identified", Jan. 4, 2018

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