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Fatal North Carolina industrial accident kills worker

Workers who have suffered harm in a workplace accident have options to consider. If the accident is fatal, the worker's family members may have options. Recently, a fatal industrial accident occurred in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Division is conducting an ongoing investigation into the fatal accident. The 55-year-old worker was killed while working at a scrap metal company. The victim was pinned underneath a container and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Victims of workplace accidents, and their loved ones, may suffer a number of damages that can include time away from work and medical bills. Because of the significant and serious nature of workplace accidents, victims and their families may be able to receive compensation through workers' compensation. Injured workers may be able to receive wage and medical expense benefits, and family members who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident may be able to receive death benefits.

In addition to workers' compensation options, additional options may be available depending on the nature of the circumstances. If the worker has been injured by the negligence of a third party, a third party claim may also be available in some situations. If a third party is to blame, victims may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages. Likewise, surviving family members may be able to recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages, as well as other damages, depending on the circumstances.

Workers, and their loved ones, have a number of options to consider when harmed in a workplace accident. The options available to them, however, depend on the unique circumstances of the situation. While the process may seem complex, once the worker has a careful understanding of their rights, they will be in a better position to ensure they are properly compensated for the harm they have suffered in a workplace accident.

Source:, "SHERIFF: Man killed in Beaufort County workplace accident," Aug. 8, 2015

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