Roller-coasters can be a source of great entertainment for many thrill-seekers. With fast speeds, upside-down loops and the chance to experience g-forces akin to what jet fighter pilots feel, they can be very exhilarating. Though riding one isn’t usually cause for concern, sometimes things go wrong. Due to reasons not completely known at this time, an employee of an amusement park was seriously injured in a roller-coaster accident. As the individual was injured at work, he or she may seek to file a workers’ compensation claim.
The accident occurred in mid-June at an amusement park in Santa Clara known as California’s Great America. It resulted in two people being injured, one seriously. One of the park employees was hospitalized due to suffering traumatic injuries.
The employee was struck by a roller-coaster train that was returning to the station, according to a statement provided by the park officials. Additionally, a guest riding the roller-coaster at the same time was also injured. The guest suffered a hand injury and was transported to a local medical center.
Although the ride will be closed until after the investigation has been completed, the employee may not be able to work in the meantime. Between lost pay and medical bills, the employee might be hard-pressed to make ends meet. Luckily, when a California worker is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits which can help financially during any period of recovery. Between filing a claim and the ever-changing laws, the process can appear complicated and intimidating. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can offer a wealth of advice and support throughout the claims process.
Source: ABC News, “2 Injured in California roller-coaster accident”, June 13, 2015