For California workers who do the jobs that few see until they are completed, danger is everywhere around them. Many of those who fall into this category are, of course, emergency responders. But others face dangers in their jobs as well. This includes people who work at great heights in construction and maintenance. A fall is a major cause of injury and death on the job. Those who are working in high risk occupations and are hurt in an accident, or have a loved one who suffered a wrongful death, should know what to do in the aftermath of the incident to attempt to recover compensation for what they have lost.
One family may need to consider their legal options now, after an accident claimed the life of a 35-year-old tree worker. The incident occurred at around 10:45 a.m., and emergency crews were immediately called. The construction company had employees doing work on the trees, where the victim apparently fell approximately 80 to 100 feet to his death, despite the fact that he was wearing his climbing gear. Fellow employees heard him from up above. When they looked up, he was falling, eventually crashing into the pavement below. Although the victim had vital signs when emergency crews arrived, hee died before he could be airlifted to the hospital.
For people who are injured or killed in a workplace accident, there is a litany of issues that must be considered. Medical expenses are often incurred, and so, too, are funeral expenses if there was a death. There could also be problems making ends meet when wages are lost, and the ramifications of the incident can have a negative effect on their lives for an extended period. While workers’ compensation might pay for some of what was lost, it is imperative to understand the accumulation of costs that can come about. To pay for them and compensate the family adequately, a supplemental lawsuit is sometimes required.
Handling a workers’ compensation claim can be challenging enough. Yet, when that case is in conjunction with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, a whole plethora of other issues may arise. This is why it is often wise for those hwo have been injured in a workplace accident, as well as those who have lost a loved one to such an incident, to consider discussing the matter with a qualified attorney.
Source: The Union Democrat, “Tree worker dies in accident east of Groveland,” Guy McCarthy, Oct. 16, 2017