The construction industry is often considered a dangerous line of work. In California and throughout the nation, construction workers' accidents continue to occur, often with tragic results, including serious injuries and, in some cases, even deaths. Workers who are injured on the job may claim compensation benefits that are provided to help pay medical bills and replace lost wages during recovery. In situations in which a worker does not survive a construction accident, such benefits often transfer to a surviving spouse or immediate family member.
The process of filing a workers' compensation claim is sometimes very complicated. There have been many instances in which claims have been denied. This can be frustrating and, quite possibly, delay recovery when an injured worker is depending on benefits to pay for medical treatment.
A recent incident occurred in another state that killed one worker and left three others hospitalized with injuries. Apparently, the workers were cutting through steel beams during a project on a bridge, when one beam weighing approximately 90,000 pounds came crashing down on top of them. All who were injured were taken to the hospital for treatment. Sadly, one 47-year-old man died as a result of his injuries.
Construction workers' accidents in California that result in such tragedies often leave loved ones who survive deceased victims grief-stricken and overwhelmed. It may be of comfort for them to know that they can seek assistance from workers' compensation attorneys before attempting to address the matter of insurance benefits with the victims' employers. Those who survive their injuries may also want to seek legal guidance as they process their claims.
Source: wgntv.com, "Construction worker killed, 3 others injured, after beam falls in Des Plaines", Patrick Elwood, April 5, 2016