A torrent of rain in the NC Mountains caused a mudslide that claimed one worker's life, earlier this May.
He was a husband and the father of three young children. And he was only 32 years old.
The worker was inspecting damage done to the rails by an earlier mudslide, near Black Mountain, when a second slide came through, trapping and killing him.
His coworker, who was inside their specialized truck at the time, survived - even though the truck was derailed. He then called for help and was rescued.
As is standard policy for events such as these, the Federal Railroad Administration and the man's employer are currently investigating the events. The NC Department of Transportation is also currently looking into it.
According to the Smoky Mountain News, the report on the investigation's findings could take as much as a year to finalize - at which point the penalties can be enforced if applicable.
If a NC worker is killed while on the job, or as a result of a job, his or her family may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. These could include:
- Up to 500 weeks of compensation
- $10,000 in funeral expenses
- Reimbursement of medical expenses
But workers' compensation claims can be a difficult and confusing path to forge. That's why it may be important to have an experienced workers' compensation lawyer on your side.
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have an entire team devoted to NC workers' compensation claims - including three North Carolina Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists! Contact us for a free case evaluation today.