California is home to hundreds of thousands of commuters. Various jobs include personal safety risks, depending on the duties and circumstances typically associated with the positions. In some situations, unexpected workplace accidents can cause serious injuries, or worse, to employees
When an incident occurs that leaves a worker injured but alive, he or she is typically entitled to file a workers' compensation claim for reimbursement of medical bills and replace lost wages. When a worker suffers a fatal injury, however, death benefits are typically available to a widowed spouse or other dependent family member. There are also situations where a surviving family member chooses to seek legal consultation when grounds appear to exist for filing a civil lawsuit apart from a workers' compensation claim.
Recently, a Philadelphia plumber was working in an area that had been excavated. While the 27-year-old man was down in the hole, a passing vehicle apparently went out of control and landed in the hole on top of the worker. It remains unclear what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Sadly, the worker was crushed and died at the scene of the accident.
Similar workplace accidents in California may cause confusion to those preparing to file claims because matters involving third parties (such as a driver and/or owner of a passing vehicle) can complicate the process. In such cases, it might be helpful to discuss the details of an individual situation with an attorney experienced in workers' compensation claims. A first logical step to take would be scheduling a consultation to address the issue.
Source: CBS Philly, "Worker Killed In Bizarre West Philly Accident", Nov. 20, 2015