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HVAC Contractor Dies in Workplace Accident in North Carolina

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An HVAC contractor died in a fall at his work place in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina last week. Local media reports stated that the man died after he fell from the Staff NCO Academic Facility.

News reports stated that the man was employed by SPC Mechanical, which had a mechanical contract with the Army base and was rehabbing several of its HVAC units.

The company stated to the media that the worker had been cutting a hole in the floor of the building, and he fell through it to the 2nd floor. The fall was approximately 25 feet.

We are saddened to hear of this tragic accident in North Carolina. Workplace injuries and deaths are all too common, and we implore all companies to do all they can to ensure that every workplace is as safe as possible.

In North Carolina, a family can file a wrongful death lawsuit in a workplace accident where a loved one lost his or her life. The person who brings the suit must be a personal representative of the estate of the victim, most often a direct relative.

 

Under state law, beneficiaries of the victim may pursue damages including loss of income from the victim, loss of services/protection/care/assistance, medical expenses, funeral costs, and the intangible costs for sorrow and mental suffering.

 

To collect such damages, your personal injury lawyer must prove negligence on the part of the company. This is defined as the ‘failure to use ordinary care.’ This means that the firm acted in such a way that another person or company would have acted.

 

Establishing negligence on the part of a company is complicated and complex, and should be handled only by the most experienced and successful personal injury attorneys.

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