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Construction projects are seemingly a constant sight in San Jose and throughout California. While these endeavors are a boost to businesses and individuals, there is an underlying danger with them that cannot be ignored. Workers are constantly at risk for being injured on the job. The heavy equipment, working at great heights and other factors can lead to accidents with injuries and death. Fortunately, there are workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers and other compensation alternatives for families left behind after a fatality. Knowing the necessary steps to maximizing those benefits is key.

A worker suffered injuries to his back and shoulder after the rig he was operating toppled over. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. in Menlo Park. The rig was 53 feet long and carried lumber. As it entered the project site, the vehicle rolled off the ramp and overturned. The driver got out of the vehicle himself, but stated he felt pain in his back and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital where his condition is unknown. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) was notified and is investigating.

Workers who are injured on the job must remember the litany of problems they might face in the aftermath. The injuries and attempts to recover from them are bad enough, but the struggle to make ends meet financially can take a mental and emotional toll. For some, simply getting workers’ compensation benefits can be difficult, as there are frequently disagreements regarding the extent of the injuries and the length of time the worker must be off the job. Many factors go into a workers’ compensation case and all must be accounted for when seeking benefits or appealing a denied claim.

Those who work in the construction industry face dangers every day. Sometimes accidents occur on-the-job that injure or kill construction workers. When this happens, it is crucial that the worker and his or her family understand all the details necessary to get workers’ compensation benefits.