Construction is a dangerous industry. Workers in this field are at risk of being struck by moving vehicles and falling objects. They themselves can fall from scaffolding or rooftops, and operating machinery can lead to repetitive motion injuries as well as pinching and crushing injuries. Some workers who are injured on the job are lucky enough to obtain a full recovery, but they still face financial hardship while they are out of work thanks to lost wages and medical expenses. While workers’ compensation benefits may be available to these individuals, what about those surviving family members who lose a loved one in a workplace accident?
One Iowa family may have to explore whether they can recover workers’ compensation death benefits after a fatal construction accident. The incident, which occurred in Cedar Rapids, involved a 47-year-old man who fell from a beam. He was found in an alley with serious injuries. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries.
The exact cause of this man’s injuries is unknown, but an investigation will be held. In some incidents, when a worker dies while performing his or her job duties, his or her surviving family members can seek workers’ compensation death benefits. These benefits, if successfully obtained, can provide significant financial relief while grieving loved ones find a way to move on both emotionally and financially.
It may seem like these benefits would be given automatically following such a tragic incident, but the harsh truth is that many times workers’ compensation benefits, even those involving death benefits, are denied. There can be a variety of reasons for a claim denial, which is why claimants need to be prepared to put forth strong legal arguments both during the initial claim process and any subsequent appeals.