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North Carolina families can seek workers' compensation benefits

Some North Carolina residents work jobs that are considered to be innately dangerous. Some jobs, on the other hand, are considered relatively safe. However, it is a sad reality that almost any job, in any city, can result in injury or death -- dependent upon certain circumstances. When workplace injuries occur, victims may become eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Recently, an employee for John Deere passed away from injuries sustained in a forklift accident.

The 54-year-old supervisor passed away at the hospital where he was undergoing treatment after being struck by a forklift. The man was working third shift at the time of the accident. The work related injury took place at the Service Parts Operation in Waterloo.

Many of the details of the accident remain unreported, but a spokesperson for John Deere said that the company's primary concern is the employee and his loved ones. A representative for the company remained with the family at the hospital continuously after the accident. It is safe to presume both the organization and his family are feeling the pain of a devastating loss.

Because this accident took place on the job, the victim's family will likely be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. In the event of an employee's death, his or her family may be able to seek compensation and use the money to recoup losses associated with funeral expenses and the absence of family income. Unfortunately, workers' compensation claims can be complicated, and it is often necessary for families to seek assistance through the process. This is especially true for those who may be suffering great emotional trauma following the loss of a loved one. Anyone in North Carolina who may face difficulty in the process of filing a workers' compensation claim may find it beneficial to seek support.

Source: wcfcourier.com, "UPDATE: Deere worker hurt in forklift accident has died," July 1, 2013

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