West Point, MS (June 26, 2022) - A workplace accident resulted in the death of a man from Clay County on Friday, June 24th in West Point.
According to the Monroe County Coroner, at about 11:20 a.m., Robert Grays, a resident of West Point and employee of Falcon Construction, was working on a paving project in the area of Davidson Line Road and Highway 45 when he was struck by a co-worker operating a Bobcat tractor.
Grays was transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He passed away several hours later due to multiple traumas caused by the incident.
OSHA is currently investigating the accident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Robert Grays, at this time.
Workplace Fatalities in Mississippi
A workplace accident or fatality can change lives in the blink of an eye. After an accident, an employee might be left with fractured or broken bones, severe burns, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or injuries to their head, back, shoulder or knees. Instead, they are left with serious injuries that demand expensive medical treatment and are not able to return to work and make a living.
In more serious cases, families are left grieving a loved one and are also without the breadwinner who they relied on for financial support.
In Mississippi, most employers have to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Some employers purchase policies from private insurance companies. Larger companies often pursue state certification in order to become self-insured. Workers’ comp insurance is intended to cover injured workers, or the families of workers who are killed, in job site accidents.
Workers’ comp is a no-fault system, meaning you are not required to show that your employer’s negligence caused the accident. It does not matter if you played a role in the accident. If you were injured or worse at work, you are covered regardless of who was at fault. You are eligible for these benefits on the day you start your job.
If you were hurt or lost a family member in a workplace accident, workers’ comp covers the costs of all necessary and reasonable medical treatments related to your injury. Additionally, you are entitled to collect partial wages while you are unable to work. If you are not able to fulfill your previous job duties due to your injury, vocational rehabilitation benefits are there to assist you in finding a new job.
Unfortunately, none of this means that collecting workers’ comp benefits is simple. Insurance companies and employers are always trying to get out of paying what they should. They can and often do challenge and deny claims for workers’ benefits.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Germany Law Firm, PLLC by calling (601) 487-0555 and schedule an appointment for a free review of your Mississippi personal injury claim. A comprehensive review of your case will enable us to recommend the smartest course of legal action for your situation.
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Disclaimer: At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we provide the information found in these accident reports as a resource for families who have been in similar situations and to raise awareness about the dangers of driving. We would also like to honor the victims who have been injured or lost their life as a result of a Mississippi accident and hope that the information reported will help prevent future accidents. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.