On Saturday, a work-related accident resulted in the death of a construction worker in Memphis, Tennessee. The accident happened in Shelby County where construction crews were completing work on a bridge near U.S. 51 and Fite Road. As emergency crews arrived, the worker was discovered caught between two pieces of machinery. Despite life-saving measures, the man died from his injuries at the construction site. The identity of the deceased will be released after next of kin is informed. An investigation of the accident is being performed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the local sheriff's department.
There are thousands of occupations and a few are considered dangerous. Individuals employed as construction workers, firefighters and policemen perform jobs that place them in harms way. However, even the safest occupations may still suffer a work-related injury. There are thousands of workplace accidents that occur annually in the United States that injure and kill workers. Negligence is the cause of many workplace accidents and victims may be owed to compensation. Workers that suffer work-related injuries in Missouri are covered by worker’s compensation insurance if they are employed at a company with at least five or more employees. While these benefits provide medical coverage, they only replace lost wages at a rate of 66.6% of the worker’s average weekly wage.
The St. Louis worker’s compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth believe that you should not suffer additional damages for an accident in which you were not at-fault. Our attorneys are passionate about the rights of victims and will work tirelessly to obtain justice for our clients. If you have suffered damages in a workplace accident, contact our St. Louis office today for a free consultation.