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.
Third party injuries occur when someone other than one's employer or co-workers causes harm on the job. Such injuries, while covered by workers' compensation insurance, may also be cause for civil lawsuits seeking compensation for pain and suffering and other permissible damages. One California road construction worker is recovering from third party injuries he recently received on the job.
The 24-year-old man was directing traffic as crews did construction on a nearby road. A 54-year-old woman drove her car past the worker holding a stop sign and plowed into the construction zone, striking the man directing traffic. The man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital where doctors treated him to stabilize his condition. Police arrested the woman and charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The injured worker will receive workers' compensation benefits to cover his medical bills and lost wages. Nevertheless, he is within his rights to seek remuneration for his pain and suffering and other damages, perhaps even including a claim for punitive damages from the woman who is believed responsible for his injuries. Workers in California who feel they have third-party cases benefit from contacting an attorney to learn more about how to begin the proceedings.
Source: ksby.com, "Construction worker hit in Pismo Beach; driver arrested for DUI", Kathrene Herndon, Dec. 23, 2016