The vehicular activity at distribution centers such as those operated by FedEx can be dangerous. This was underscored when a man lost his life at one of the company's distribution centers in California. Third-party cases such a this one in which injury or death is caused by the negligence of someone not linked to the victim's employer often end up in civil court.
The fire department of San Bernardino County responded to an emergency at approximately 1:30 p.m. on a recent Friday. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a man that had been struck by a vehicle. Although someone tried to keep the victim alive by doing CPR, he succumbed to his injuries before paramedics could transport him to the hospital.
Reportedly, the man was an employee of a security company who was contracted to FedEx. He was on duty as a security guard when he was knocked down by a vehicle. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health arrived at the distribution center to investigate the incident.
In a case such as this one, the injured victim or the surviving family members of the deceased employee might have grounds to file a civil claim against that person. Third-party cases can be filed in conjunction with workers' compensation benefits claims. However, any monetary award that covers benefits also paid by workers' compensation will likely have to be paid back to the insurance providers. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can explain the requirements for each type of claim and provide the necessary guidance and support in the navigation of both.
Source: sbsun.com, "Security guard dies when struck by vehicle at FedEx facility in Bloomington", Brian Rokos, Nov. 13, 2017