As many Philadelphia workers know, any type of work involving manual labor carries a relatively high risk of injury. However, it doesn’t take a workplace injury lawyer in Philadelphia to know that when using large power tools on the job, workplace accidents are not only more serious, but can even turn fatal.
This was unfortunately the case for one Pennsylvania worker who was using a chainsaw on the job. He was removing a tree to clear the way for a natural gas pipeline “when the tree kicked back” and sent the worker tumbling. As a result of the fall, the worker sustained fatal head injuries. The worker leaves behind three children with his passing.
When a family loses a loved one, it is always a tragedy. Besides the tremendous grief associated with the loss, the surviving family members may struggle with their new financial reality. After consulting with a legal representative, a family in a scenario like may be able to seek financial damages through a third-party claim in addition to workers’ compensation. Although workers’ compensation benefits can help families take care of some of their needs, they may not be enough to cover the full extent of lost wages and other accident-related expenses. However, the details regarding workers’ compensation and additional legal claims can be convoluted without trustworthy guidance.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one who is the primary earner in the family carries another set of challenges. Oftentimes seeking help as quickly as possible can help to ease the added burden on the family.
Source: WETM News, “Drilling Worker Killed In Bradford County Accident,” Dec. 13, 2012