An unfortunate accident in Wisconsin has taken the life of a father of four recently, leaving a community saddened by their loss. The victim was working for Highway Technologies along Interstate 94 when the work accident occurred. The equipment that was being used to replace guard rails came in contact with a power line. After the accident, the man was transported to a local Mayo hospital, but he later died from his injuries. Officials are said to be investigating the incident.
Anytime a worker is on the job and suffers injuries, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost income. Likewise, if a worker is killed on the job, his family is entitled to death benefits to cover funeral expenses and provide financial relief for the loss of income.
The unfortunate truth is that the family will be the ones that suffer for years to come by this loss. This man obviously provided income and support for his family. Sadly, workers' compensation benefits only cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. A family cannot be compensated for their pain and suffering.
However, depending on the situation, surviving family members may be able to file a third-party claim if the fatal accident was caused by someone other than a co-worker. In order to determine what legal options exist, residents in Lacrosse and elsewhere would be wise to consult with an experienced attorney. An attorney can evaluate the case to determine the best course of action.
Source: CBS Minnesota, "Wis. Construction Worker Fatality On I-94," Sept. 17, 2012