Killed on the job in Ohio | Death benefits paid to your dependents = Every week in Ohio, an employee dies in a work-related accident. Call wrongful death + workers comp lawyer Patrick Merrick, Esq
Spanish Speaking Ohio Wrongful Death and Workers Compensation Lawyer Patrick Merrick explains that OSHA and Department of Labor records show several fatal incidents in Ohio:
• In August 2017, Douglas Mescher, 30, of Lebanon, Ohio was killed when the load he was under slid off the forks of a forklift and crushed him. In that incident, OSHA opened an inspection with Walther Engineering in Franklin and SK Rigging Co. Inc., which was hired by Walther’s to move a machine.
• In July 2017, a worker died after a fall from a ladder at a Macy’s credit and customer services center in Mason, Ohio.
• In Dayton Ohio, in May 2017, a worker died after falling from a load being lifted into a trailer at YRC Freight.
• In April 2017, a Brown’s Tree Service & Landscaping worker in Hamilton, Ohio was killed after being struck by a front-end loader.
• In December 2017, a worker was killed in a trench collapse in Salem Twp., Warren County, Ohio
in June 2016, another man was killed in a Washington Twp. Ohio trench accident.
Ohio wrongful death and workers compensation lawyer Patrick Merrick explains that if you die from a work-related injury or disease , Ohio Statute 4123.59 states that the following persons are presumed to be wholly dependent for their support upon a deceased employee:
(1) A surviving spouse who was living with the employee at the time of death
(2) A child under the age of eighteen years, or twenty-five years if pursuing a full-time educational program while enrolled in an accredited educational institution and program, or over said age if physically or mentally incapacitated from earning, upon only the one parent who is contributing more than one-half of the support for such child and with whom the child is living at the time of the death of such parent, or for whose maintenance such parent was legally liable at the time of the parent's death.
It is presumed that there is sufficient dependency to entitle a surviving natural parent or surviving natural parents, share and share alike, with whom the decedent was living at the time of the decedent's death, to a total minimum award of three thousand dollars.
The administrator may take into consideration any circumstances which, at the time of the death of the decedent, clearly indicate prospective dependency on the part of the claimant and potential support on the part of the decedent. No person shall be considered a prospective dependent unless such person is a member of the family of the deceased employee and bears to the deceased employee the relation of surviving spouse, lineal descendant, ancestor, or brother or sister.
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