While most people do not think about it on a daily basis, no one's life is guaranteed from one day to the next. Unfortunately, sudden accidents claim lives on a daily basis, and many people suffer fatal injuries from work-related incidents. If workers are killed in the course of carrying out their work-related duties, their surviving loved ones may be entitled to workers' compensation.
The family of one man in California may be wondering about such compensation after a recent fatal incident. According to reports, a private contractor was conducting work on the property of a residence and did not check for gas lines before he started digging on the property. As a result, a gas leak occurred, which lead to a gas company employee going to the property to check the leak.
The gas leak resulted in the residence exploding. The gas company worker suffered fatal injuries in the explosion, and 15 other people were injured, including three firefighters. The neighboring homes were evacuated due to the size of the resulting fire and other possible dangers. Additional information about the incident may become available at a later time.
The family of the California worker killed in this incident are undoubtedly dismayed by the outcomes of the incident. Though they may be able to qualify for survivors' benefits through a workers' compensation claim, it may be difficult for them to focus on taking such steps on their own as they attempt to handle their grief. Individuals in this type of harrowing situation may want to work with workers' comp attorneys who could attend to the necessary paperwork for them.