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Construction site accidents increasing

While driving down California roads in the summer, motorists may commonly come across signs that ask for drivers to slow down their driving speed as they are entering a work zone. Unfortunately, when they don't adhere to those signs, work zone crashes take place and people end up injured, or even worse, dead.

Worker severely injured on project that injured two previously

Readers of the San Mateo Injury Law Blog may have come across a post late last year, outlining the injuries sustained in a work accident on the California high-speed rail construction site. Two workers were hospitalized and a number of others were injured.

One dies in workplace accident trimming trees

As mentioned previously on this blog, it is an employer's duty to create a safe working environment for its employees. However, since it may not be possible to remove all hazards from a workplace, it also falls upon an employer to warn workers about dangers they are exposed to and give them training on how to minimize workplace injuries. When an employer is negligent in performing this duty, a catastrophic workplace accident may be the result.

What is employer retaliation?

Many people may hesitate from filing a workers' compensation claim after they have been injured in a workplace accident because they fear they will lose their job or other work-related benefits. However, under California law, it is illegal to discriminate against workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment.

Common causes of construction workers' accidents

Construction workers form an integral part of our society. We see them wearing hard hats and working away regardless of the weather conditions that surround them and rarely consider the dangers they are facing just to get a building completed on time. The reality is that they face a number of hazards while performing their work, which is perhaps why, of the 4,379 fatalities in the private sector in 2015, 21.4 percent were in the construction sector. This amounted to 937 deaths-one in five workers who died in 2015 were construction workers.

What is the link between chronic injury and workplace injuries?

Feeling pain is inevitable-something as small as a paper cut or something as serious as a muscle sprain can cause pain in a California resident's life. Generally, we expect the injury to resolve itself and once one is healed, for the pain to subside. However, this is not always the case. In some instances, the pain continues for months and even years.

What does work-related mean?

California residents, like their counterparts in the rest of the country, pride themselves on their work. They work hard and dedicatedly, spending more time working than they do at home, which is probably why they expect to be taken care of if they are injured in a workplace accident.

California construction accident leaves 13 injured

Construction work may seem inherently dangerous, but the truth of the matter is that, so long as employers follow the regulations put in place to ensure worker safety, then workplace accidents should be relatively rare. Regardless of whether regulations are followed, a workplace accident can leave a worker in a tough position with not only physical pain that can result in limitations, but also financial losses in the form of lost wages and medical expenses. These individuals may be able to recover compensation for their losses, though, so long as they can show that they qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

Workplace accident causes man's arm to get crushed

A workplace accident can cause an injury that leaves you suddenly unable to work and earn the wage on which you and your family depend. When this happens, you may want to consider seeking workers' compensation benefits, as these benefits can help you recoup some or all of your lost wages and medical expenses.

Scaffolding inspections may prevent workplace accidents

With California's warm and relatively dry weather, construction crews can work year-round across the state. The men and women who make up these crews go to work every day, oftentimes with very little thought of their own personal safety while on the job. Yet, a construction accident can leave a worker with serious injuries and losses that can take quite a toll. They may suffer from damages such as medical expenses and lost wages, and they may be unable to work to help pay their bills while they recover from their injuries.

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