North Carolina Workplace Shooting at Lumber Company Results in Three Deaths and One Injury

January 16, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

A shooting at the McBride Lumber Co. claimed the lives of three people, injured another, and ended with the gunman putting a bullet in his head. The latter two remain in critical condition.

The North Carolina shooting incident happened on Friday in Montgomery County. All five people involved work at the lumber company.

According to Sheriff Dempsey Owens, there is a possibility that the shooter, Ronald Dean Davis, 50, may have been the target of harassment on the job. However, this theory has not been verified.

The victims who died are Jose Galdino Lopez Izquierdo, 25, Daniel Thomas Davis, 32, and a third person. Florentino Tellez Aparicio, 21, is still being treated at UNC hospitals.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation

Employees injured while doing their job are entitled to North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits. Fault doesn’t have to be a factor for an employer to have to pay these benefits. That said, employers are still responsible for creating a safe, non-hostile environment that is free of any hazards or dangers that could cause serious injuries or deaths. Victims and their families also may have grounds for filing third party lawsuits against liable third persons or entities. You generally cannot sue the employer for North Carolina personal injury or wrongful death. For loved ones who have lost someone who was injured in a work incident, you should be entitled to death benefits from the employer’s insurer.

Friday’s incident is not the only shooting to recently occur at a North Carolina workplace. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for two men in connection with a robbery and the shooting death of Fast Wok restaurant employee Edward Rosen. The 52-year-old was fatally shot while working at the Charlotte, North Carolina restaurant earlier this month.

Of course, who can forget the deadly North Carolina shooting rampage that took place in 2009 when Robert Stewart stormed into the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center and shot 11 people. 8 of his victim, one nurse and seven elderly residents, died.

Stewart was reportedly targeting his wife.  Last year, a jury convicted him of second-degree murder. He will spend the rest of his life in prison. North Carolina wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed over the catastrophic shooting.

Unfortunately, insurance companies can try to delay or reject your claim for North Carolina workers’ compensation or survivor benefits. To make sure that you receive the benefits that you are owed in a timely manner, you should speak with an experienced Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm that handles work comp cases.

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo represents clients in the North Carolina counties of Iredell, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Catawba, Alexander, Cabarrus, Rowan, Union, Burke, Lincoln,  Scotland, Robeson, Anson, Cleveland, Richmond, Caldwell, and Cumberland and the South Carolina counties of Lancaster, York, Marlboro, Chesterfield, and Dillon.

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Chinese restaurant worker shot, killed during robbery in Charlotte, January 15, 2012

3 Killed in North Carolina workplace shooting, January 13, 2012

More Blog Posts:

North Carolina Nursing Home Shooting Rampage: Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, September 12, 2011

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lessons: Getting over the Fear of Asking for Help, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 14, 2012

North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks Damages from Four Asheville Bars Over Fatal Car Crash, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, October 16, 2011



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