For those who are injured, workers' compensation may be critical

No matter the occupation, almost any job comes with a certain risk of serious injury. In many cases, extensive experience is not a reliable protection against the danger of suffering a serious -- or even fatal -- injury on the job. Whenever a Tennessee worker suffers serious injuries, benefits from the workers' compensation program may be a critical safety net.

Recently, two experienced water department employees were in the field working to repair a fire hydrant. As the two were engaged in their work, two cars collided in a nearby intersection. The impact sent one of the vehicles hurtling off the road and straight toward the workers. The men had no time to react and were both struck by the car.

One man, a 17-year veteran of the Louisville Water Department, was trapped under the vehicle. The other man, a 23-year veteran, was also injured. Emergency responders transported both men to nearby medical centers. Sadly, the man who was trapped later died from his injuries. His co-worker is still recovering, and the official investigation into this fatal accident is ongoing.

The mayor along with officials from the Louisville Water Department expressed their grief and offered condolences to the surviving victim and the families of both victims. In these types of tragic accidents, surviving workers will understandably require a lengthy recovery time. While they are unable to work, they may struggle financially due to lost wages and medical expenses. Furthermore, surviving family members often struggle in the aftermath of their loved one's work-related death. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a work accident typically benefit from the assistance of an attorney who is experienced in navigating successful claims through the Tennessee workers' compensation program.

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