This past Monday, a fatal construction accident killed a 31-year-old man when a crane boom that he was servicing fell and crushed him. According to local authorities, the man was pronounced dead just after noon on January 12 at the construction site located at Worldwide Technology in Edwardsville.
While the coroner will reportedly be conducting an autopsy to determine if alcohol and/or drug intoxication may have been a factor in this fatal construction accident, officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are currently conducting their own investigation into the incident.
If OSHA finds that a failure to abide by federal safety regulations for construction sites may have contributed to this fatal construction accident, the construction company that employed the now deceased worker – Taylor Excavating, Inc. – could face some serious fines and penalties.
After a Fatal Construction Accident: Options for Financial Recovery
In the aftermath of a fatal construction accident, families who have lost a loved one should be aware that they have some options for financial recovery. While, of course, receiving compensation after a fatal construction accident (or any deadly workplace incident) will never make up for the profound loss of a loved one, it can be essential to helping grieving families:
- Cover expensive funeral and burial costs
- Obtain the financial support they may need during such difficult times
- Put their loved one to rest appropriately.
The following are just a few of the options for financial recovery that may be available to families after a fatal construction accident:
- Death benefits – The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) provides death benefits to families who have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal work injury. In general, Illinois death benefits via the IWCC are paid for 25 years or up to $500,000 (which ever amount is greater).
- Wrongful death compensation – Depending on the details of a fatal construction accident, it may also be possible for families to obtain compensation via wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, this option for financial recovery comes into play when negligence contributed to the accident and the negligent party was some third party (i.e., not the direct employer of the decedent).
Mount Vernon Work Injury Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
Have you lost a loved in a fatal construction accident? Or have you been hurt in any work-related accident? If so, the experienced and trusted Mount Vernon workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are ready to stand up for your rights.
Since 1950, we have been providing the highest quality legal services and representation to our clients. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, we are passionate about our clients, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life.
If you are ready to learn more about your best legal options and how we can help you, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.