An employee with the City of Berkeley, California has died after suffering injuries in a workplace accident on Monday. According to city officials, 52-year-old Johnny Tolliver Sr. was employed in a position with the Department of Public Works and was collecting trash as part of his responsibilities. On Monday, Tolliver was crushed when the brakes in the garbage truck are believed to have failed, causing him to be pinned against a tree. He was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. The work-related accident is being investigated and officials have released a statement expressing their sympathy.
The thousands of work-related accidents that happen annually are alarming and often avoidable. Worker’s compensation laws vary by state, and in Missouri, all companies that employ five or more individuals are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. The worker’s compensation insurance benefits provide injured workers with medical treatment and compensation for lost wages if time from work is required. However, only 66.6% of the worker’s average weekly wage is replaced causing workers to struggle financially. It is essential to consult a Missouri worker’s compensation lawyer to obtain the money you deserve for your work-related accident.
The St. Louis worker’s compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth believe you should not suffer additional financial damages due to an accident that was caused by another party. Our attorneys have over 100 years of experience holding negligent parties responsible for the damages they have caused to others. We have recovered over $350 million in compensation for our clients medical expenses, property damages, funeral costs, lost wages, and mental anguish. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact our Missouri office today for a free no-obligation consultation.