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How Does the Surviving Family Recover?

Unfortunately, we have had to deal with cases like this...

(from Kansas.com)

A Spirit AeroSystems employee injured in an accident Nov. 3 at the company's Wichita plant has died, the company said Friday.

And a spokesman for the federal agency looking into the accident said the worker, Sammy Barnett, suffered a crushing injury.

"The initial report indicates that the employee received a crushing injury when the load shifted and fell during the lifting of an aircraft part while using an overhead crane," said Scott Allen, a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Chicago.

Allen said OSHA has been conducting an "open inspection" at Spirit that began shortly after the accident occurred. That includes interviewing witnesses and company officials, as well as looking at equipment that was used when the accident occurred.

How does a family even begin to recover?  

Eventually, the surviving family will have questions wondering "where do we go from here?" 

We have, unfortunately, dealt with cases like this, and we are ready to help you. 

    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.

    It's important to know these rights. Employers and insurance companies often just want the situation/accident to "go away". Eric, Randy, and Sarah will fight vigorously for you to ensure that does not happen.

    We will fight for you and your family...call us 515-225-4485.

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