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One Worker Dead, Another Injured in MacArthur Airport Accident

One worker died and another was injured in an accident at MacArthur Airport.

According to police, the accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8. One worker, Michael Jakob, was working on runway lights at the airport when he was electrocuted. The 51-year-old man from Bohemia was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, and pronounced dead of his injuries.

A second employee who was working in the area was shocked while attempting to provide assistance to the first worker. The 49-year-old man was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The airport brought in grief counselors to assist other workers on the premises, and detectives continued to investigate the cause of the accident.

Seeking workers’ compensation after a workplace accident

Anyone who is injured in an accident in the workplace can seek workers’ compensation, regardless of liability for the accident or how the accident occurred. Qualifying employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees in the event of workplace accidents.

This is true also for workplace fatalities—the family members of the deceased can apply for workers’ compensation on behalf of their loved one who passed away in the accident in the workplace.

For more information about the process of filing for workers’ compensation and how you can maximize your chances of having your application accepted, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.