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No Death Benefits for Tow Truck Driver's Biological Children

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 201 | 0 | 9 min read

A Louisiana appellate court upheld the denial of benefits to the biological children of a truck driver who was killed by a train, finding there was insufficient evidence to establish that they were dependent on him at the time of his death. Case: Ramus ex rel. Ricketson v. KCJS Trucking LLC, Nos. 2019 CA 0039 and 2019 CA 0040, 09/27/2019, published. Facts: Stephen Ricketson worked for KCJS Trucking LLC. He was killed in May 2015 when his vehicle was struck by a train. The Louisiana Construction & Industry Self Insurers Fund paid death benefits to Ricketson’s widow. Proce...

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