Often, linemen go unnoticed and unappreciated for their long hours on the job while also performing dangerous jobs that are physically demanding. Regardless of the weather conditions, when the power goes out, linemen are the first ones out there to make sure power is restored. The recent loss of a lineman in an on-the-job accident in another state underscores the importance of workers’ compensation death benefits for the families of fallen workers in Colorado and across the country.
Recently, a California lineman was seriously injured while working on a power line. He was immediately taken to an area hospital where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. A GoFundMe account was established and has apparently already raised in excess of $100,000 to help the family.
Separately, the family is likely eligible to collect workers’ compensation death benefits. The would also be the case for similar accidents that occur in Colorado. The amount of the entitlement is typically determined by the deceased worker’s average weekly wage. It is
Losing a loved one in such a tragic manner is devastating. Colorado families facing these circumstances typically rely upon the expertise of a workers’ compensation attorney to handle the claims process for death benefits. A lawyer can also assess whether other legal recourse may be available, such as a third party claim for negligence through the civil court system. An attorney will focus on securing all applicable benefits through the state-regulated workers’ comp insurance system, representing the client’s interests at every stage of any legal proceedings.
Source: abc15.com, “Former SRP employee with Valley ties dies on the job in California“, Katie Conner, Accessed on Feb. 27, 2018