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Man dies from head injury caused by falling debris

A forest fire often requires a great deal of effort. Even after firefighters have battled to put a forest fire in North Carolina out, for example, there typically must be efforts to repair the land. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently passed away as a result of a head injury that he suffered as he worked with helicopter crews following a massive fire in another state.

The fire, determined to have been caused by a human, burned over 70,000 acres this summer. In early October, crews were working to drop straw mulch onto the burn scar. Doing so, reports indicate, could help reduce the erosion following the fire.

A 58-year-old man was on the ground, directing helicopter crews about the location of the drops. A pilot contacted other crews in the area when he noticed an injured man on the ground; the ground crew, in turn, contacted 911. A fire marshal was flown into the remote area where it was determined that the man was deceased. He likely died from blunt force trauma after being struck in the head by material related to the mulch drop.

Unfortunately, a family must cope with the death of a loved one following his fatal head injury. Because many families in North Carolina have difficulty managing the financial consequences of an unexpected loss, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage, which can help with funeral expenses and lost wages. Because those recovering from a loss such as this are likely focused on their grief, many are unprepared to negotiate with an insurance company, prompting them to seek assistance from an experienced attorney.

Source:, "Alpine man dies from debris dropped by helicopter at fire site", Ashley Stilson, Oct. 7, 2017

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