Victim Identified As Steve Smith, A Eugene Local And Employee Of Hamilton Construction
The fatal construction accident took place on Saturday, January 18th, around 11 in the morning. Smith was part of the ongoing project in the median of the Randy Pape Beltline just before the Delta Highway overpass.
The Eugene Springfield Fire Department responded to the emergency and, upon their arrival at the scene, found that the victim had been freed though the mid-60s man had suffered severe injuries after being pinned by an excavator against a concrete barrier. He was promptly transferred to Riverbend Hospital with severe injuries which he would succumb to later.
The president of Hamilton Construction extended his condolences to the victim’s family and friends via a public statement. Work on the site has been halted, and is currently under investigation by OSHA.
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An experienced construction death attorney and contributor to Legal Herald, Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw.com offered the following insight for individuals who may have felt the consequences & burden brought on by a workplace injury or death:
“Construction employees can probably be considered some of the most underappreciated employees in the nation. It’s not difficult to believe that the USA would not have become the industrial powerhouse it is today without the brave individuals who labor on project sites day in and day out.
Why can their craft be labeled as brave? Well, these guys face all kinds of dangers and hazards most of the time that they are “in the office” (on a construction site.) Knowing the risks, they still forge ahead.
But what happens when they inevitably suffer some sort of injury? As with most other employees, construction workers have the right to receive a compensation that pays for medical bills and other damages. This compensation is achieved through a successful worker’s compensation claim. Unfortunately, the worker’s compensation system, which can sound easy, can often be complex. Indeed, if a claim is filed improperly in any way, it will likely be denied and the victim will not receive any benefits.
In perhaps worse instances, these mistakes on the form can be used by insurance companies to reduce the amount of compensation that they pay out to victims. In many cases, victims with successful worker’s comp claims are not aware of the fact that they could have received a larger compensation.
In these situations, enlisting the help of a construction accident attorney can prove vital. An experienced lawyer in this field will know how to combat the insurance companies through legal proceedings and help clients obtain the full compensation they deserve. If there exists the possibility of filing a lawsuit after the accident, a lawyer will be able to determine this as well, and manage both the claim and lawsuit at the same time.”
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