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Tragic boat accident in New York results in at least 1 fatality

Jobs in the transportation industry come with some risk of accident and injury. Despite the best efforts of employees and employers, these accidents can still happen and sadly, they have the potential to be catastrophic.

One devastating reminder of this occurred recently in New York when a tugboat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River. Authorities are still investigation the horrific accident, but what is known is that one of the crew members on the tugboat was killed and two are still missing. In the aftermath of accidents like this one, finding out what happened can be crucial for victims and their families. 

Figuring out if a work-related accident was caused by unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances or if it was the result of negligence or reckless can have a considerable impact on the options victims and their families have.

Workers' compensation benefits can be available in most situations where a person is injured on the job for just about any reason. However, a personal injury claim against a third party may also be an option if it failed to take certain steps to keep people safe.

While money may be one of the last things on the minds of people who are coping with loss or serious illnesses after accidents like this recent one, people may find some amount of comfort in knowing that there is financial support available for people who have suffered damages as a result of a work accident.

Pursuing a legal claim and/or workers' compensation benefits can provide critical relief to victims and family members who are coping with the consequences of a work-related accident. While money will not undo the events that have taken place, it can help people recover from the physical, financial and emotional damage done as a result.

Source: CBS News, "1 dead, 2 missing after tugboat crash on Hudson River," Seth Wenig, March 12, 2016

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