The definition of a workplace could vary depending on a person’s occupation. A person who drives a truck for a living, for example, might consider his or her vehicle a workplace. Regardless of where they occur, a person who suffers workplace injuries is likely entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. In the event of a fatality, those benefits typically extend to the victim’s surviving family. The family of a California man recently killed while serving as a mail carrier for a private company may be researching their options in regard to seeking such benefits.
The man passed away in an accident that happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. The 26-year-old was southbound in a box trunk when police say that he veered off the road for unknown reasons. The truck, unfortunately, struck an abandoned van parked on the side of the road before striking a metal pole. No one else was injured in the collision.
Rescue workers had to extricate him from the vehicle. He was then transferred to the hospital, but was pronounced dead. The accident, which closed the interstate, remains under investigation. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have been a factor.
It is always difficult to lose a loved one, but the unexpected loss during the holidays could be especially hard. Many who lose a loved one due to workplace injuries are entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits that can help them cope with the financial ramifications of lost wages and funeral expenses. However, the path to compensation is often confusing for those with no experience with the process. Experienced professionals can help those in California who deserve such benefits seek fair compensation.
Source: eastbaytimes.com, “Danville: One dead after truck crashes, spills packages on I-680“, Rick Hurd, Dec. 19, 2016