COVID-19 UPDATE: In order to best serve our clients, our office will be open for business in a limited capacity. To protect the safety of our clients and staff, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us every weekday via telephone, and email, as needed. We will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to maintaining the safest possible environment for everyone. Please call our office or email [email protected] to discuss your options.
The Law Office of Gary C. Nelson
Call For A Free Consultation Today

California freeway worker suffered an injury on the job

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2013 | Workers' Compensation |

A sign on a California highway is pleading for drivers to pray for an injured freeway worker. The man suffered an injury on the job when he was setting out cones to mark an exit ramp on the freeway. A driver hit the man and then drove away. This accident caused serious injury that may result in either coma or paralysis.

According to a spokesperson at Caltrans, the driver did not attempt to put on the brakes when he veered to the right of the road and hit the freeway worker. Another worker who witnessed the accident heard a loud bumping noise and saw his co-worker sliding across the roadway. The injured man is a 37-year old employee of a SEMA Construction, a Caltrans contractor that is currently building a carpool lane on the highway.

The driver that police apprehended was found with a car that had front-end damage. He has recently been charged with DUI that resulted in serious bodily injury to the man. The charges are heightened by the allegation that the suspect may have caused coma or paralysis to the victim. The suspect has pleaded not guilty, and it remains to be seen what the outcome of his trial will be.

This worker, like so many others in California, suffered an injury on the job while doing what he does every day. Through no fault of his own, he now faces a hard road to recovery, and most likely has permanent damage to his body. Workers’ compensation benefits may help him and his family with financial losses resulting from the accident, so they may wish to seek legal advice in order to ensure that they get the full range of benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, “RIVERSIDE: Sign asks motorists to pray for injured worker,” Richard K. De Atley, Jan. 20, 2013


FindLaw Network

Get Started With A Free Consultation