There are some jobs that are expected to have certain dangers associated with them. However, almost every job has some degree of risk associated with it. As a result, many states require employers to provide workers' compensation coverage to their employees in the case of a workplace accident that results in injury or death. Unfortunately, the family of an Illinois man may need to pursue such benefits after a fatal out-of-state accident took the man's life.
First responders indicate that they were called to Cedar Rapids Country Club in the afternoon of a March day. Upon arrival, they were directed to the scene of the workplace accident. Reports indicate that the man, a foreman with Michels Pipeline Corporation, had been struck by steel pipes as he attempted to unstrap them from a trailer.
The 28-year-old man was transported to a hospital for treatment, but later died from his injuries. An autopsy indicated that he died as a result of a traumatic brain injury. A spokesperson for the company indicates that they are fully cooperating with government agencies as they investigate the incident.
The workplace accident has likely left the man's loved ones, including a daughter, wondering about the financial ramifications of his death even while they struggle with their grief over his death. Fortunately, workers' compensation generally extend to an employee's dependents in the event of a fatality. However, some people in Illinois have found the path to compensation to be complicated and lengthy and, as a result, sometimes discovery that fully researching the applicable laws can be beneficial.
Source: The Gazette, Illinois man killed in work-related incident in Cedar Rapids, No author, March 17, 2014