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North Carolina sanitation worker dies after being hit by car

A 59-year-old Winston-Salem man has died from injuries suffered in a work-related accident that occurred on Nov. 19. The man was struck by an SUV driven by a woman at approximately 10:30 a.m., and he died on the morning of Nov. 25. Reports indicate that the woman informed authorities that although she observed the garbage truck, she did not notice the worker until it was too late to stop.

Officials have deemed the incident to be caused by pedestrian error. As the state's division of OSHA has investigated, the accident's classification has been officially changed to that of work-related death. Officials with the city indicate that they are cooperating in the investigation. The woman who drove the SUV has not been charged in connection with the incident. It was not reported if she suffered any injuries.

If an individual who is the primary source income dies while on the job, his or her family might be unsure of how to proceed financially. Through workers' compensation death benefits, a family might be able to receive compensation for the income that their loved one might have earned if they had survived and continued working. In such a case, it might be helpful to work with a lawyer.

A legal professional may be able to verify that a workers' compensation claim is filed according to state law. Additionally, a lawyer may address the need for survivor benefits to be paid to eligible family members who may be dealing with the loss of support due to a fatal workplace accident.

Source: WGHP, "Winston-Salem sanitation worker struck by vehicle last week dies", November 26, 2014

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