On-the-job accidents take many forms, whether they involve motor vehicle accidents in construction zones or repetitive strain injuries that occur in office spaces. For injured employees, a long road to recovery may lie ahead. In Los Angeles, and across the state of California, injured workers may experience financial problems due to missing work or costly medical bills. Furthermore, they may have debilitating pain and mental trauma following a workplace accident, which highlights the importance of taking action.
Two construction workers in California were recently involved in a jobsite accident that left one dead and another hurt. The incident, which is being investigated by authorities, resulted in the closure of lanes and stopped nearby construction work. The two workers were hit by a dump truck while they were on Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains trying to clear a large landslide.
The accident claimed the life of a 54-year-old man who had worked for the company for 15 years and left a 33-year-old man hurt. Because crews are still attempting to address a moving mudslide, law enforcement officials said that a portion of the highway may need to be closed for a number of days.
For injured workers, there may be a number of helpful resources available. For example, some are eligible for workers' compensation, which can offer different benefits to workers who have been hurt in a jobsite mishap. Some benefits include compensation for medical costs and lost wages as well as death benefits. For people who are struggling with these hardships, consulting an attorney may be a wise decision.
Source: CBS San Francisco, "1 Worker Killed, 1 Injured In Accident Near Hwy 17 Landslide," Feb. 9, 2017