Victim Identified As 37-Year-Old Mildred Gray Williams Of White Lake, NC
On the morning of Tuesday, October 8th, Williams was part of a construction team working on the metal roof of the Bladen County Water Rescue Building when she fell through the roof, approximately 15 feet.
The call to 911 was made around 10AM; when emergency responders arrived at the scene, it took them some time to get into the building where Williams had fallen. Unfortunately, she would be pronounced dead at the scene by the Bladen County Medical Examiner Chuck Maynard.
Though the victim was also a firefighter for White Lake, at the time of the accident she was working for Young’s Construction. She was present on the construction site as the metal roofing of the building was being replaced.
Williams’ body was translated to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital, at which time two ladder trucks formed an arch and hung an American flag from the top in her honor.
As this was a workplace death, local authorities as well as OSHA are conducting an investigation into the circumstances.
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Attorney contributor for Legal Herald and founder of BanvilleLaw.com, Laurence Banville shared the following insight for victims of construction site falls and other work site injures:
“In the past, before certain regulations were enacted, any time an individual suffered an injury at work and particularly on a construction site, they would have looked to sue their employer to receive a compensation.
In the present-day, suing an employer after an injury is only an option in some very specific cases. This is due to the fact that employers must pay for insurance which covers any employee that becomes injured on-the-job; this insurance also stops them from being sued. So, what option do injured construction workers have now?
Well, the main recourse for fair compensation after a work site injury is placing a worker’s compensation claim. This is a formal proceeding by which the victim is able to receive a financial reward which may help cover medical bills, long-term treatment, and sometimes loss of income.
Unfortunately, the payout received can be heavily diminished or denied outright if the claim is not properly filed. In these cases, seeking out the help of an experienced construction accident attorney can be vital, especially if it’s done soon after the incident occurs.
A legal representative will fight for the compensation that the victim deserves. Moreover, they will be able to analyze the specific circumstances of a case and determine if filing a lawsuit to recover more money is also an option. Indeed, a worker’s comp claim and a lawsuit can be pursued at the same time, allowing for victims to receive the sum that they deserve and giving them the feeling that justice has finally been served.”
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