Alan J. Eichelberger of Hansen, Utah was killed in work-related accident on an oil rig in Utah on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Uintah County sheriff and occupational safety and health investigators are investigating the accident, and so far few details are known. Mr. Eichelberger was wearing a hard hat, but was fatally injured when he was hit on the head by drilling equipment shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the scene, reports KSL news.
I offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Eichelberger. Since this accident appeared to have happened while Mr. Eichelberger was on the job, then the family has a death claim against the workers compensation policy his employer carried for him. I would be interested, however, to know if anyone besides potentially himself or a co-worker contributed to this accident. This could then be considered a “third-party” liability issue that would allow a much greater range of compensation for Mr. Eichelberger’s family. I would recommend that the family consult with an experienced Utah personal injury attorney to explore the options and potential claims that could be made following this tragic death. The fact that there is an investigation going on tells me that there may be some issues that might implicate other third-parties in this incident.
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