According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, a significant number of workplace fatalities follow fall accidents. This is likely also reflected in the claims filed for workers' compensation benefits each year. One such a claim might be submitted by the surviving family members of a Caltrans worker who recently died in a work-related accident.
According to the California Department of Transportation, the deceased man was a 57-year-old maintenance worker with 19 years of service in the department. An incident report indicated that he was a member of a work crew doing street sweeping and landscaping on the southbound side of SR-163. Under circumstances not reported, the man fell off the overpass and landed on a grassy patch approximately 50 feet below.
A report prepared by the local police shows that the incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. Reportedly, the severely injured worker was rushed to an area hospital. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries later. Caltrans revealed that this fatality brings the number of employee deaths in work-related accidents to 189.
This worker's surviving family members -- a wife and three daughters -- might be entitled to seek financial assistance through the California workers' compensation insurance program. The prospect of navigating the claims process might seem daunting, but help is available. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the legal and administrative proceedings in pursuit of compensation to cover a funeral and burial costs and a financial package to make up for lost wages.