The potential for injury is present in all workplaces. While dangers are more obvious in some occupations in comparison to others, every employer faces the potential of suffering from workplace injuries. As a result, all states, including California, require employers to have a financial security net in place that allows workers' compensation insurance benefits for employees who are hurt or become ill on the job. One out-of-state man may qualify for these benefits after an accident send him to the hospital.
First responders received a call regarding the workplace accident one morning in September. According to reports, the man, who was working at a power plant, had been inside a coal train car prior to the accident. The coal in the train was apparently released while he was inside, causing the man to fall through the bottom of the car.
When emergency responders arrived, they discovered that he suffered fractures in both of his legs. Additionally, responders report that he had lost a significant amount of blood. As a result of his injuries, he was transported to the hospital by helicopter.
While the man is recovering from his workplace injuries, he may be concerned about his financial security as a result of his medical bills and lost wages. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits can cover these unexpected financial burdens, allowing the man to focus on his recovery. While many people in California have received these benefits, the compensation process can be complicated, creating an additional stress for families who are already undergoing difficult times. Fortunately, there is help available. A professional with experience with the compensation process can help injured employees pursue a fair settlement.
Source: Cartersville, GA Patch, "Man Injured in Accident at Plant Bowen", Kristal Dixon, Sept. 23, 2015