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Workplace accidents may mean loss of income for families

In the blink of an eye, an accident can happen, and lives are changed forever. Workplace accidents seem especially tragic because they often involve people who are working hard to support their families. When those accidents end in a worker's death, families are left behind to cope with the loss. This happened recently to a family in California.

Shortly after 11 a.m. one morning, a worker doing maintenance at an apartment complex was killed when the crane he was using tipped over. The 32-year-old man was in the cherry picker basket working outside one of the four-story buildings. Although the crane was apparently situated on a slope, investigators from the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety have not determined the exact reason why the machine lost its stability and toppled over.

The arm of the crane crashed into a low retaining wall at the base of the slope, and the basket -- with the man inside -- hit the sidewalk beyond. Bystanders attempted CPR until emergency responders arrived. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. OSHA investigators remained on the scene for hours after the accident.

The young man left behind a wife and daughter who may now be wondering how to get along without him. Like many in California who lose loved ones in workplace accidents, they may already be facing financial hardships without his income, in addition to funeral expenses. To get help in claiming the maximum death benefits they deserve through workers' compensation, the family has every right to consult an attorney. An experienced attorney will work to get them a fair recovery for their loss.

Source: Lake Forest, Ca. Patch, "Fatal Crane Accident Kills Riverside County Maintenance Worker in Lake Forest Village", Ashley Ludwig, Aug. 9, 2016

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