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Construction worker hurt at Texas worksite

According to reports, a construction worker suffered a life-threatening injury at a Pottsboro worksite in the community of Tanglewood. The construction accident reportedly transpired near the intersection of Juanita and Hacienda Drive during the morning hours of Jan. 13.

When they arrived at the scene around 10 a.m., rescue crews allege that the man, who was involved in a construction project clearing the wooded area, received a severe head injury in an incident involving a tree. It was not clear if he was injured because he fell on a tree or if the tree landed on him.

The injured worker did not have a pulse but was revived a short time later. He was then taken by ambulance to Texoma Medical Center for treatment of head trauma.

In accordance to workers' compensation laws in Texas, anyone who suffers an on-the-job injury may be entitled to particular types of benefits to cover damages resulting from the occurrence. Those benefits can include lost wages and medical expenses stemming from the work-related injury. If the accident leads to the death of the worker, the worker's dependent family members may receive death benefits to cover funeral expenses and a percentage of the decedent's earnings.

It is important that the injured worker or the family of the deceased worker notify the employee regarding the accident as soon as possible. It is then the employer's responsibility to file the claim. In some instances, an employer who may not wish to file the claim may prove uncooperative. However, a Texas attorney who frequently handles workers' compensation claims may be able to assist the injured worker or the worker's family through the occasionally complicated filing process.

Source: KTEN, "Man Injured in Construction Accident," Jan. 13, 2015

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