A Georgia contractor working at an Adamsville, Ala., residence to remove trees has died of his injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Nov. 16. The accident took place along Highway 78 in Adamsville and resulted in the additional injury of a woman at the scene.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that the worker, contracted from out of state for a tree removal project, was struck by a small pickup truck and then dragged forward by the vehicle. The truck then hit a female bystander and almost struck a flagman before coming to a stop. This occurred in an area around the highway that was blocked off for the tree removal.
The injured man was rushed to the hospital where he died of his injuries. The extent of the woman’s injuries is unknown. The woman driver was not charged at the accident scene. Investigators are currently looking into the driver’s phone records to determine if she was texting or talking to someone around the period she struck the two victims.
After a workplace death, workers’ compensation benefits could be distributed to assist family members with the cost of burial and other essential expenses. Should the worker’s survivors accept the award, their rights to file an appeal for additional money could be thrown out of a civil court proceeding. Conversely, if the total compensation award doesn’t meet the expectations of the workers’ family, they can reject the offer and take the matter to civil court for a legal ruling. An attorney who deals in employee compensation law may be able to help clients pursue the best course of action.
Source: ABC 3340, “Authorities: Tree service worker hit by truck, killed in Adamsville”, Bryant Somerville, November 18, 2013
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