In a very unfortunate job-related accident in Kent, Ohio, last week, a 49-year-old construction worker was killed. The man was working at a jobsite when he became pinned between a backhoe and a pile of concrete slabs, according to a news report.
Emergency medical personnel took the man to a hospital, where he died from the injuries sustained in the industrial accident. The report does not note whether the man has any surviving relatives. Family members of those killed in workplace accidents are often entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.
In Ohio, workers’ compensation benefits are generally available to employees injured on the job, in order to pay for medical expense and lost wages during the recovery period. If a person dies on the job, the benefits may go to qualifying family members in order to pay for funeral expenses and loss of income.
Workers’ compensation in Ohio is designed to make it easier to collect benefits by bypassing an adversarial court proceeding. This avoids the high cost of a trial and helps the victim, or the victim’s family, obtain much-needed funds sooner.
Sometimes, however, there may be disagreement about the circumstances that lead to the injury. In other cases, the employer may not want to live up to its legal obligations. For these reasons, it is always helpful to consult a lawyer when navigating the workers’ compensation process. A qualified attorney can make sure that the applicant gets all the benefits to which they are entitled.
Additional details about the circumstances of this accident remain unclear. It is not yet known if there were any safety violations. An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing.
Source: WOIO 19 Action News, “Barberton man killed in industrial accident,” March 28, 2012