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Family of killed repairman may seek workers' compensation benefit

An elevator repairman was killed in a work-related accident recently. The fatal accident occurred on a recent Tuesday in Guttenberg, Hudson County. When loved ones in New Jersey are killed in work-related accidents, their loved ones and or dependents likely qualify for workers' compensation death benefits.

The worker, a 44-year-old man, was in the process of performing routine monthly maintenance in a high-rise condo building. For reasons that are currently unclear, the man somehow became entangled between the elevator car's top portion and the elevator's door before he was dragged upward. The worker was pronounced dead a little after 8 a.m. at the scene of the accident.

The investigation into this fatality is currently being conducted by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office. The worker was employed by a company called Slade Elevator, according to OSHA. The cause of this accident is not yet currently known, a representative of the company said.

The workers' compensation program in the state of New Jersey provides workers' compensation death benefits to individuals who are related to the decedent -- for example, a spouse, child, parent or sibling -- and who were also financially dependent on that individual. The benefit is mainly to compensate dependent family members for financial support that is lost due to the death of the loved one. This compensation is also typically used to help lessen some of the end-of-life expenses that are typically incurred by a decedent's family, including medical bills and burial costs. It may be helpful to consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist with this process.

Source: abc7ny.com, "Repairman killed in elevator accident at Guttenberg, New Jersey, high-rise", Feb. 2, 2016

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