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Work accident causes fatality in Simi Valley

A 5,000-pound piece of steel recently fell from a crane at an industrial site in Simi Valley and crushed a 58-year-old man from Bakersfield. The man was unable to avoid the falling steel as it fell from the crane. A second man was fortunate enough to avoid the steel but still suffered minor injuries. The family or partner of the deceased man and the injured man may have the option of filing a wrongful death or workers' compensation claim, respectively, as a result of this tragic accident. The victim in this work accident was a truck driver for Valley Wide Distributors, and the accident occurred as the steel was being unloaded from a truck. Early reports indicate that a chain holding the steel in place on the crane broke and allowed the steel to fall. There is no record of previous Cal/OSHA investigations into the company involved with this accident. 

Limo injures California car wash worker

A 22-year-old California man recently suffered a possible broken leg in a workplace accident in Thousand Oaks. Workplace injuries such as this one often ultimately involve worker's compensation benefits although those details are often confidential. In this case, information on the full extent of the man's injuries and possible claims is not available.The incident occurred when the man drove a limousine onto the tracks of the automated car wash at which he was employed. The vehicle's transmission was in inadvertently left in reverse by the worker as he exited the vehicle, causing the vehicle to move backwards. The worker attempted to prevent damage by pushing the limo from behind and was ultimately trapped between the limo and a sport utility vehicle that was also at the car wash.

Heat illness prevention program educates workers

The 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Program through Cal/OSHA plans to inform California workers of the possible dangers of outdoor work in the summer. A heat-related personal injury can affect those in agriculture, construction, outdoor recreation and even law enforcement. The program focuses on workplace safety regulations and compliance issues. Some aspects of preventing the dangers of heat illness include education and outreach efforts so that employees and their supervisors alike will understand the possible consequences. A spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA indicated that water, extra rest, breaks in the shade and effective emergency plans could help outdoor workers leave the job site in a healthy condition. 

Migrant, temporary workers could be at higher risk of injury

California is seen by many as a land of opportunity. This brings many workers here to do jobs that might not be available to them where they come from -- in many cases, other countries. However, many of these workers may pay a high price for their opportunities.

Case Results

  1. $4.5 Million Settlement

    Medical Malpractice - Hypoxic brain injury during surgery.

  2. $2.9 Million Settlement

    Construction site accident resulting in cervical fusion

  3. 100% Permanent Disability Award

    Workers Compensation - Multiple injuries to State worker

  4. $1.6 Million Settlement

    Truck v. pedestrian accident resulting in multiple factures.

  5. $1.2 Million Structure Settlement

    Workers Compensation - spine injury with guaranteed payments for life.

  6. $1.2 Million Settlement

    Motorcycle v. car accident resulting in multiple fractures and scarring.

  7. $933,000.00 Settlement

    Child burned when table collapsed spilling scalding water from coffee um.

  8. $850,000.00 Settlement (Before MICRA)

    Medical Malpractice - Endotracheal injury during surgery resulting in death.

  9. $780,000.00 Settlement

    Disputed liability car v. truck collision.

  10. $500,000.00 Settlement

    Workers Compensation - Spinal injuries to delivery driver.

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