All jobs have many known risks associated with them. Often, employees are trained on how to appropriately protect themselves from risks that can be prevented. Unfortunately, certain things can arise in a workplace that cannot be anticipated. For example, a Pennsylvania service station employee recently passed away after a car accident that caused a fire, resulting in work-related injuries.
Police say the incident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. on a day in early July. They believe that a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old man jumped a curb before striking a fuel pump. The vehicle crashed into the service station building, according to reports.
Unfortunately, a 52-year-old female employee became trapped in the building. Reports claim that flames quickly engulfed the service station and the vehicle. Her body was discovered by rescue workers. The driver of the vehicle now faces multiple charges such as homicide by vehicle while drunk driving. It is unclear if the driver or his passenger was injured in the crash.
Now, a family in Pennsylvania must cope with the news of their loved one's death due to work-related injuries. Unfortunately, there is often little that workers can do to protect themselves from an accident such as this, prompting states to require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. While the family of the woman may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, they may also be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. An attorney with experience with the compensation process can help them determine how much they may be entitled to and negotiate with the insurance company on their behalf.