A tragic accident occurred earlier this month at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A 54-year- old maintenance worker was killed when he was struck by a Skylink train car. The Skylink is a free light rail train system that connects all five terminals at the airport.
The worker was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery but died. After the accident, the train system was taken out of service for two hours. Airport police are investigating the accident. In addition, OSHA is expected to conduct a review.
The families of workers who are killed on the job are entitled to compensation after the accident. In many cases, the damages are limited to what is allowed under the state’s workers’ compensation law. Under Texas law, a surviving spouse is entitled to 75 percent of the deceased’s average weekly wages for the remainder of his or her life unless the spouse remarries. If a surviving spouse remarries, he or she will receive a lump sum equal to two years of the benefits. Children of the deceased are also entitled to receive death benefits until they reach the age of 18 or age 25 if they are enrolled as full-time students. Burial benefits may also be available to pay some of the deceased employee’s burial expenses.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, family members of a person killed on the job may be able to file a lawsuit. Normally a lawsuit can only be filed if there was another party other than the
employer or a coworker who was responsible for the accident. Often higher compensation is available under a lawsuit than under workers’ compensation.
If your loved one has been killed or seriously injured on the job in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you should speak to an attorney. An attorney can help you ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.
Call the Dallas-Fort Worth workplace injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231- 5800. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.