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Fatal accidents and workers’ compensation death benefits

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2015 | Industrial Workers' Accidents |

Being employed as an industrial or construction worker can carry with it a greater chance of being injured on the job. Between working with heavy machinery, climbing to dizzying heights and sometimes working far below the surface of the earth, this chance of injury is around every corner on many job sites. When an injury results in a California worker being fatally wounded on the job, his or her dependents are entitled to file for workers’ compensation death benefits.

A construction worker recently died due to a workplace accident. The 29-year-old man fell 40 feet while working at the job site. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. in Fullerton, Orange County.

The man fell from scaffolding while working at the job site. It was originally reported that the fall was from 20 feet. However, it was later reported that the man fell 40 feet and landed on construction equipment beneath the scaffolding, according to the local fire department. He suffered serious internal injuries and was rushed to a local medical center, where he died shortly thereafter. OSHA officials are currently investigating the incident.

When an industrial worker is fatally injured on the job in California, his or her dependents typically seek to file a workers’ compensation claim for death benefits. Successfully filed, these benefits result in payments to a spouse, children or other dependents and include an allotment for burial expenses. Although the financial compensation cannot do anything to bring the decedent back, it can, however, help to ameliorate some of the end-of-life expenses typically incurred by a decedent’s family. Loved ones typically consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to assist them with this process.

Source:, “Construction worker who died after 40-foot Fullerton fall identified as 29-year-old L.A. man“, Alyssa Duranty, Aug. 25, 2015