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Workplace accident victim succumbs to injuries 11 days later

A man from northwest North Dakota went to work on July 28, never to return. The 47-year-old man suffered injuries in a workplace accident that ultimately led to his death on Aug. 8. Reportedly, he was a dump truck driver who hauled a load of concrete to a construction site on U.S. Highway 2 on that day in July.

An accident report by the North Dakota State Patrol indicates that the man was traveling at approximately 35 mph in the vicinity of Williston when the loaded truck veered off the roadway. The dump truck rolled over and came to a halt in a ditch. The operator suffered serious injuries, and he was rushed to a local hospital before he was later transferred to a hospital in Minot by helicopter.

He fought for his life until Aug. 8 when he succumbed to the injuries he had suffered in the crash. No indication was provided for the cause of the truck leaving the roadway. When workers die after suffering on-the-lob injuries, investigators typically follow up with thorough investigations. In this case, an investigation may reveal whether the accident resulted from driver error or a possible malfunction of the truck.

Regardless of the outcome of an investigation, the surviving family members of any victim of fatal injuries suffered in a workplace accident can pursue financial relief. This can be done by filing survivors' benefits claims with the North Dakota workers' compensation insurance program. Some families choose to use the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to navigate the claims, giving them time to grieve their losses.

Source: wdaz.com, "ND dump truck driver working on highway project dies from injuries", Barry Amundson, Aug. 14, 2017

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