A man was killed while working in Princeton Township when a tree fell on him during the afternoon of October 21, 2008, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. According to police familiar with the investigation, the victim, who has not been identified, was working for a tree service company in the 900 block of Lawrenceville Road (Route 206) in Mercer County.
The on-the-job injury accident reportedly occurred when the man was standing on the ground and working on a tree, when a second large tree, about 15 feet away suddenly uprooted and fell on him. The fallen tree, officials say, was 35 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter. It was a freak accident, which was not caused by weather conditions, officials say.
This is a tragic, on-the-job accident. The worker’s family will no doubt be entitled to worker’s compensation death benefits through his employer. Worker’s compensation benefits are set up by employers to help those injured on the job or families of workers who are killed in a work-related accident. The family members of the deceased are entitled to these benefits regardless of fault. Unfortunately these benefits are hardly sufficient to compensate a family fairly for the loss of a loved one. Moreover, filing worker’s compensation claims can be complicated and confusing, especially if you face resistance from your employer or your spouse’s employer.
If you or someone you love needs assistance with such cases, please call Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation. Our experienced Princeton worker’s compensation lawyers have successfully represented many injured workers and families. Call us today for a free case evaluation.