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North Carolina worker killed by falling concrete slab

On Tuesday, November 4, a 53-year-old worker was killed in North Carolina when a concrete wall fell on him during a transfer from one truck to another. The man was working with a company called Superior Walls, making a delivery to a construction site in Spring Creek, North Carolina, when the accident happened. The wall that fell on the worker was not one that was being moved, but rather another one that had proven to be unsecured in the process. 

According to the news account, no criminal charges will be filed, and the incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Just because criminal charges won't be brought doesn't mean the family of the deceased will have no recourse to be compensated for this work-related death. In general, workers injured on a construction site are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which provide for medical expenses as well as 2/3 of a worker's former salary up to a stated limit. Families of workers who are killed on the job are eligible for death benefits under workers' compensation. While no form of compensation can bring back a beloved family member or friend, the funds that workers' compensation provides can help those left behind to pick up the pieces and move on from a devastating loss without facing debilitating financial challenges in the meantime.

Workers' compensation is not the only source of potential compensation to which workers or their families may be eligible after an accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer may also pursue a third-party claim against a vendor, subcontractor or someone else other than the official employer in a separate personal injury suit. 

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