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Families of deceased men may benefit from workers' compensation

All workplaces in California hold some degree of risk with many hazards arising from unexpected places. Unfortunately, two men in another state have recently lost their lives in an accident that officials are still investigating. The families of the two men may benefit from workers' compensation insurance benefits as they struggle to come to terms with the losses of their loved ones.

The accident happened at a landfill one morning in mid-October. Reports indicate that two individuals, a 60-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, became trapped in a vertical pipe at John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc. The pipe is said to be 3-feet wide and approximately 20-feet deep.

Workers attempted to rescue the men using harnesses and ropes. Unfortunately, they were unable to do so due to the men's position. It is unclear how long the men were trapped in the pipe, nor is it clear what caused them to become stuck. The incident remains under investigation.

While an investigation may give surviving family members some sense of closure, it will likely do little to alleviate the emotional and financial stresses created by the unexpected deaths of their loved ones. Unfortunately, many victims of workplace accidents -- including family members in the event of fatalities -- often find themselves unable to manage medical bills and funeral expenses while also adjusting to the loss of wages. While workers' compensation insurance benefits cover these complications, many people in California have found it difficult to secure a fair settlement. As a result, many ask a professional with experience with the process to help them pursue the compensation they deserve.

Source: journalnow.com, "2 Va. landfill employees die in Suffolk drain pipe", Oct. 19, 2016

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