Construction workers who complete work on open roadways and freeways put their lives at risk every day while on the job. It only takes a small distraction for a driver to accidentally drift into a construction zone where workers have no protection from an oncoming car. Families who have lost loved ones in fatal construction workers' accidents may be curious how to handle the sudden financial impact of the loss. Sadly, one family in California is processing the cost of burial following the death of a construction worker.
The 33-year-old man was the youngest son of a mother who had seven children. Sadly, he is survived by his newlywed wife. It has been less than a year since he was married.
Reportedly, he was working for a subcontractor for Caltrans on the freeway. He was picking up construction cones when a tractor-trailer truck drove too close and struck him. The truck driver stated that he drove too close to the construction zone in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle. Sadly, the young construction worker did not survive his injuries.
Now, a new wife and a mother have a funeral to plan and burial expenses. Most companies are required to provide employees with state-managed workers' compensation insurance benefits. In cases of fatal construction workers' accidents, some family members may be eligible for death benefits. Families who are unsure of their eligibility may wish to consult with an attorney familiar with the system. If eligible, California attorneys can assist families with filing a claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.