Last month, a Baltimore County worker who had been plowing snow had died from injuries he may have suffered while he was working. According to reports, police are investigating the worker's death because police have reason to suspect that the worker had been struck by a vehicle.
The workplace accident occurred two weeks ago. According to reports, the man had been working alone while he was plowing snow. Sometime after the worker was injured, a bystander found the county worker lying in a parking lot. The worker was found at least 10 feet away from his work vehicle. The bystander called 911, but the man could not be revived by the time rescue crews arrived.
The worker was only 57 years old. He had worked for Baltimore County for more than 30 years. Police reported that a medical examiner found multiple injuries on the man's body, which he died from. It is believed that the man's injuries were caused from being struck by a motor vehicle while he was on the job.
Workers who are injured in on-the-job accidents in Maryland may be entitled to obtain workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may include medical expenses, lost wages and other injury-related costs. Unfortunately, not all workers survive on-the-job injuries. When workers are killed in workplace accidents, their families may be able to file workers' compensation claims in order to obtain death benefits. These benefits may include funeral expenses and a percentage of deceased workers' wages.
Losing a loved one in a fatal workplace accident may certainly affect a family emotionally, but the death of a worker may also cause a family to experience financial hardship when they no longer have a worker's income to rely on. Death benefits may help to provide families with the financial support they need after losing a loved one due to a workplace accident.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Police release identity of Balto. Co. worker who died Monday," Alison Knezevich, March 27, 2013