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Maryland worker killed in clean up work after Sandy

Maryland residents recovering from Superstorm Sandy most certainly know that tragedy can strike indiscriminately at anytime or anywhere. Even after the storm passes, the dangerous conditions left behind can result in accidents, including those that result in permanent disability or death.

One Maryland man -- a contractor apparently working for a tree-removal company -- was doing his part to clean up after the storm when a falling tree killed him. Officials reported said that firefighters were called about 1 p.m. on Wednesday to the home. The tree removal company's workers were cutting down trees and taking them away when one tree in the back of a home unexpectedly fell on a worker. The worker quickly died from his injuries.

In the tragic situations in which a worker is killed on the job, the worker's family may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits available through his or her employer. The amount of benefits the family may be entitled to depends on a number of factors. With respect to lost wages, the worker's surviving spouse is generally entitled to death benefits equal to two-thirds of the average weekly wage of the deceased worker. Surviving children may also obtain benefits.

Upon the filing of a claim, the Maryland's Workers' Compensation Commission will determine whether a spouse and family members are partially or totally dependent on a worker based on the facts of the case that existed at the time of the injury that caused the death. While this process may seem simple enough, it can take an unexpected amount of specialized knowledge, and a worker's family may not feel entirely comfortable facing the process without legal assistance.

Source: Frederick News Post, "Maryland Today - Contractor killed when tree falls on him," Oct. 31, 2012

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