Preliminary details about workplace fatalities reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) during 2018.
MIOSHA has released preliminary details about 37 workplace fatalities in 2018. This data is published to help employers build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in the workplace.
The most frequent causes of death were struck by, falls, and caught in or between. Occupations included were tow truck driver, laborer, park and recreation ranger, special education teacher, bus driver, truck driver, foreman, machine operator, asphalt paving crew, farm helper, operating engineer, mechanic, indirect laborer, machine adjuster, assembly, technician, police officer, owner, garbage truck driver, journeyman electrician, business owner & tree trimmer, journeyman line worker, company owner, blaster, roofer, carpenter, heat treating equipment operator, veterinarian, operator, general maintenance.
Our law firm has represented many families who have suffered from the death of a loved one. No amount of money can ever replace a family member. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation is a confusing system that does not always provide adequate benefits. It is the exclusive remedy against an employer when an employee is killed on-the-job.
Workers’ compensation pays just $6,000 for burial expenses. Medical expenses incurred will be covered 100% without co-pays or deductibles. Family members can make a claim for 500 weeks of wage loss benefits if they can show dependency. This is a complicated process because spouses can be disqualified if they received support from another source. Children over the age of 16 must also prove dependency and wage loss benefits can be stopped when they reach age 18.
Families can seek additional damages from negligent 3rd parties. This includes pain and suffering. Workers’ compensation will have a lien on any recovery. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney to make sure all legal rights are protected.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.
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