No family is prepared for the unexpected death of a loved one. Unfortunately, such a loss can often create a difficult financial situation for surviving family members. However, if the loss comes as a result of a work-related accident, the family may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Such may be the case after a fatal accident in Texas resulted in the death of a deputy.
The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on a day in early July. According to reports, the 32-year-old deputy and his partner pulled over a vehicle on a Texas interstate due to an alleged traffic infraction. Unfortunately, a pickup truck reportedly struck the deputy and the vehicle that had been pulled over.
The deputy died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Both his partner and the driver of the stopped vehicle were transported to the hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation. In the days after the accident, it was not determined if the driver of the pickup truck would face criminal charges.
The deceased Texas deputy reportedly leaves behind a wife and two children; the couple had reportedly recently purchased a new house. While the emotional devastation of an accident such as this is clear, the financial consequences can be just as debilitating as the family adjusts to the loss of income. The family may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver believed to have been at fault, but they are also potentially entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. These benefits can help with lost wages and funeral expenses. An attorney with experience with the compensation process can help the grieving family seek the benefits to which they may be entitled.