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Workers may seek temporary disability after fall

Workers in high risk jobs depend on their equipment to provide safety so they can focus on their jobs and not have to worry about hazards. For example, construction workers, with some of the highest rates of accidents and injuries, utilize a variety of safety devices, from eye protection to reinforced boots. When working at heights, however, it is fall protection equipment and protocol workers in California and across the country depend on most because failure in this area can lead to temporary disability or worse.

Recently in another state, two men were working approximately 16 feet up on the rafters of a building under construction. For unknown reasons, the men fell from the rafters to the ground below. The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday.

In less than half an hour, two helicopter ambulances landed in an open field near the construction site and transported each victim to a nearby hospital. Witnesses say one man was breathing but was not conscious. The second man was awake and complaining of pain in his back.

While no information is available about the injuries or condition of the men, it is possible that they suffered serious back and head injuries. From a height of 16 feet, such injuries can be catastrophic, requiring ongoing medical treatment, surgeries and rehabilitation. Construction workers in California who suffer similar injuries often rely on the help of an attorney to ensure they receive the maximum temporary disability benefits from workers' compensation. Having an attorney to managing the insurance leaves injured workers free to focus on their recovery.

Source: enterprisepub.com, "Two injured in fall on construction site near Magnolia", Brad Swenson, March 17, 2017

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