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What Happens if the Worst Should Happen?

A very sad story came out of Clarke County yesterday....


A Creston man was killed Wednesday in a grain bin accident in Clarke County.

Eric Reasland, 39, was pulled out of the bin around noon after being buried inside soybeans for more than three hours. Authorities said they worked to revive him using CPR and took him to Clarke County Hospital, but were unable to save him.

Crews were called to the farm on Kendall Street near the town of Murray about 9 a.m. on a report of a man who fell inside the grain bin.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Kerns said a farm hand employed by the farmer and owner of the farm were trying to get grain out of the bin about 8:45 a.m., but a frozen crust had formed on the top of the grain. The owner went down to run the auger and the farm hand stayed at the top of the bin.

"A lot of times the crust will stay up and the grain will go down below it just like water will drain out of a pond and there will be a gap between the ice and the water, that's what happens. He was busting it up to get it to go down into the auger," said Kerns.

The owner returned to find the farm hand missing, apparently fallen through the grain.

Crews cut holes in the bin and used vacuum equipment to remove the grain to get to the man.

"What they do is they vent the grain bin on as many sides as they can to get the grain rolling in all directions. If you don't vent it then it sucks him in deeper," said Kerns. "They cut five holes and now they got grain vacs sitting there trying to get the grain out."

So...what happens next? Once some time has passed, what can the family of this expect?

In Iowa, death benefits are payable to the dependents of the employee. Benefits are first payable to the surviving spouse for life or until remarriage. Dependent children are entitled to the benefits until they reach age 18, or age 25 if they are actually dependent.

Others may qualify, if there is a showing of actual dependency. Upon remarriage, if there are no dependent children, the surviving spouse is entitled to a two-year lump sum settlement. Burial expenses not to exceed twelve times the statewide average weekly wage in effect at the time of death are paid in addition to the weekly death benefits.

If you've been injured while on the job...or maybe you've had a loved one who was injured on the need to know your rights. Employers & insurance companies are rarely forthcoming when it comes to providing you with information.

We fight for you...we will continue to fight for you...and will do so until you've received the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to!

Call Eric, Randy, or Sarah at 515-225-4485, and let them take the time to over your claim with you, let them hear your concerns, and together we can explore all the possible actions. 

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