When something tragic happens at work, the injured individuals and their
families can quickly become bogged down with unexpected emotional and
financial hardships. Unfortunately, when people are
injured at work, it is important that they or their family start the worker's compensation
claim process as quickly as possible.
The family of a Pennsylvania man is likely making these types of decisions
and going through these difficult times after the man recently suffered
a fatal work-related injury. The man was working at a nearby compressor
station. He was one of three employees that were injured at a Eureka Hunter
Pipeline operation. According to authorities, there was an explosion at
the station. However, Eureka's parent company claims that it was a
After the incident, the man was sent to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, medical professionals were unable to treat
the 43-year-old's severe injuries and he later died there.
One of the difficulties when filing for worker's compensation benefits
is determining where the employer-employee relationship lies. In this
case, the family will want to file a worker's compensation claim to
receive their benefits with their lost loved one's employer. However,
according to Eureka's parent company, the man was employed by a contractor.
This will be important information to determine in order to successfully
recover benefits. If this becomes a difficult determination or companies
are disagreeing over who must pay the benefits, it could be difficult
for the family to collect the benefits they need.
When employees suffer a fatal injury at work, their family is able to recover
the worker's compensation benefits. The type of benefits to which
they are entitled will vary by situation and depend upon the circumstances
surrounding the tragic occurrence of their loved one's death. However,
some of the items that they may be able to recover include death benefits,
medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. No matter what the
family is able to recover, it is important that the employer is held accountable
and gives the family what they are entitled to receive.
Source: York Daily Record, "2nd worker injured at W.Va. natural gas site dies," April 16, 2013