Posted On: June 25, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

OSHA Investigates Illinois Worker’s Death at Newton Plant

48-year-old James K. Humphres died on June 7 when he was fatally injured during an Illinois work accident at the GSI Group plant in Newton. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been investigating the machine operator’s death.

Results from an autopsy performed the day after his death indicate a preliminary finding of blunt force compression trauma causing compound cranial fractures.

If your loved one died in an Illinois work accident it is important to file your claim for survivors’ benefits as soon as possible. This should prevent any delays in you receiving the compensation you are owed. It doesn’t matter who was at fault in causing the work injury. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, family members are entitled to survivors benefits, which can include:

• $8,000 for burial costs
• 66 2/3rd% of the employee’s gross average weekly wage during the 52 weeks prior to the work injury (minimum and maximum limits apply)
• Minimum survivors’ benefit cannot fall under 50% of the statewide average weekly wage at the time that the injury happened (a reduction for individuals that were partially dependent on the deceased may apply)
• Maximum survivors’ benefit cannot exceed 113 1/3% of the SAWW at the time of injury. This benefit is paid for 25 years of weekly benefits or $500,000 (whichever amount is greater)

The worker’s spouse and young children are the primary beneficiaries.

Our Chicago survivors benefits law firm knows how hard it is to lose someone you love in such a tragic manner. We know that no amount of money will make up for that loss, but receiving compensation can relieve some of the financial burden.

Hidalgo man, 48, dies in accident at GSI Group plant in Newton, Herald-Review, June 10, 2010

Handbook on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases, Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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