The struggles a family faces after the death of a loved one can severely impact their lives for a considerable amount of time. In some cases, if the deceased loved one provided income for the family, the loss of that income can cause the surviving family to contend with serious financial hardships. A fatal work-related injury typically allows the victim's surviving family to qualify for workers' compensation death benefits.
A recent work accident in another state may interest North Carolina residents. Reports stated that a city worker who was helping with a sewer-replacement project was in a trench attending to his work duties. While he was working, the trench collapsed, which resulted in his being seriously injured. It was not noted whether there were any other workers in the trench at the time of the collapse.