Grand Rapids, MI (September 21, 2023) – On Wednesday, September 19, a worker for Grand Rapids Public Schools was killed in a job site accident.
At noon, while working at Briggs Field Athletic Facility, an employee was injured while riding a lawnmower. The exact circumstances of the incident are unclear, though it seems that the worker got stuck under the equipment.
The unnamed member of the operations team worked for the school system for close to two years. A representative for GRPS said that the Grand Rapids Police Department has assumed control of the investigation.
State and municipal officials have not yet finished their report outlining the accident, but an inquiry is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the deceased man’s family.
Workplace Deaths in Michigan
Several Michigan workers who sustain workplace injuries are eligible for compensation, including medical costs and 80% of their typical weekly earnings. The purpose of workers’ compensation is twofold: to shield companies against lawsuits brought by injured workers and to compensate those workers monetarily for their losses. Workers’ compensation benefits can help make up for things like missed pay, medical bills, and rehabilitation services. Furthermore, claims are available to family members of workers who have died on the job.
The state of Michigan mandates that all public and private sector businesses have workers’ compensation insurance, often with the following stipulations:
- Employers routinely use shifts of three or more employees.
- They have also had at least one employee for the previous 52 weeks who has consistently worked 35 or more hours per week for 13 weeks or longer.
Sadly, things are rarely that easy. Even the simplest claims may become complicated and time-consuming when third-party claims adjustors, insurance companies, or law-bending employers are thrown into the mix.
So, if you are hurt on the job and are rendered incapacitated as a result, you may be eligible for workers’ comp. That said, these claims aren’t always simple or straightforward, even when your circumstances make you a clear candidate for recompense. To safeguard your interests, you should choose an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation law. Self-representing yourself in a Michigan workers’ compensation lawsuit may seem like a good idea at the time, but it might end up costing you more in the end.
When you’ve been hurt on the job and need a legal representative to be on your side, our team at Christopher Trainor & Associates is happy to help. Our experience has taught us what it takes to succeed in even the most difficult scenarios for personal injury. Moreover, consulting with us about your legal options is risk-free since we work on a contingency fee basis and have a track record of success in injury claims. To discuss your legal options, please contact our Warren office as soon as possible by dialing 248-886-8650. We’re here to help you and yours recover smoothly after a workplace accident, illness, or injury.
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