A state employee died from his injuries after suffering severe head trauma in an accident at the State Archives building in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The April 13 accident occurred when the employee was reportedly attempting to set up a lift outside the building. According to a spokesperson from the North Carolina Department of Administration, two maintenance employees at the building were working on fixing one of the building’s exterior lights when the scissor lift they were using fell over, right on top of one of the workers. Police officers on duty at the Archives Building performed CPR on the man, and then paramedics arrived to take him to intensive care at WakeMed. He later passed away from his injuries.
The North Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Division has launched an investigation into the accident to learn exactly what went wrong. The victim had been working as an electrician for the state Department of Administration since fall 2010.
When accidents occur in the workplace, leading to the death of a victim, that person’s family may have some options to receive compensation. One is to file a wrongful death lawsuit, if it is believed that the accident was due to another party’s negligence. Another is to file a workers’ compensation claim, with benefits that would be paid out to cover medical and burial expenses, among other costs associated with the injury and death.
For more information on filing a workers’ compensation claim after a serious workplace accident, meet with a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney at Lanier Law Group.