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December 2016 Archives

Third-party cases: Construction worker hit by car

Construction workers in California have dangerous jobs, no matter where their work takes them. The rate of construction worker injuries is typically higher than injuries in most other lines of work. The inherent dangers include heavy equipment, dangerous heights and unpredictable environments. However, in the world of road construction, many workers become involved in third\-party cases.

Preventing workplace accidents is a multi-step process

The good news is that the number injuries on the job have declined. However, the number of fatalities is at an all-time high – 4,821 across the country last year – which is the highest it has been since 2008. While many companies in California focus on personal protective equipment as a means of reducing injuries, some feel that those measures are a last resort and that there is much that can be done to prevent workplace accidents before a worker dons that equipment.

Terror victims fight for workers' compensation

Last December, dozens of county workers were killed or injured when gunmen opened fire in a terrorist attack at an office holiday party. As they look back on that event, many of the survivors are still struggling with the shock and trauma as well as suffering physically. To add to the misery, some victims are now learning that certain workers' compensation benefits were not approved because of the system California uses for assessing the kind of care to dispense.

Man's workplace injuries may be life-altering

In California and across the country, when a worker is injured on the job, it is common for co-workers to stop and do what they can to help the victim. Sometimes work resumes quickly after a bandage or ice pack is proffered, or a ride to a medical center is arranged for stitches or the resetting of a bone. When workplace injuries are more serious, however, co-workers may find themselves pulled from their jobs and witnessing a fight for survival.

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