A Kent County Road Commission worker was killed recently in what officials described as a work related accident. According to reports, the 42-year-old was killed at a construction site when he was struck by a motor grader. The incident happened around 8:00 a.m. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called in to investigate the death.
Such incidents are not altogether unheard of. Michigan workers are always in danger of being injured or killed by a freak accident. Road construction presents especially high risks for workers. The heavy machinery and proximity to motorized equipment, along with the hazard of other drivers, can increase injuries. While workers’ compensation benefits are meant to compensate workers and their families for such incidents, these benefits may not always be sufficient.
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and/or lump sums for fatalities or permanent injuries. Determining what the proper amount of benefits in a certain case carries some uncertainties. Local Saginaw attorneys can help injured workers or their families secure the proper amount of compensation benefits. These experts’ tireless efforts have helped workers and families recoup the maximum amount of benefits case after case.
Workers’ compensation laws and proceedings are nuanced. Experience is key. Workers should not risk foregoing benefits by going it alone or choosing an inexperienced advocate. Only attorneys specializing in work related injuries can ensure all aspects of recovery are taken care of. If you are injured at work and struggling to keep up with medical expenses and the rigors of missing work, you should reach out to one of Michigan’s best.
Source: WZZM 13, “Kent Co. Road Commission worker killed in accident,” Christopher Zoladz, Sept. 8, 2014