A recent out-of-state construction accident resulted in one worker suffering injuries and left thousands of local residents without power. The accident happened on a recent Thursday afternoon in April, around 2:10 p.m. When California workers are seriously injured while on the job, they typically choose to file workers' compensation claims.
According to the preliminary investigation, a worker fell while working in a cherry picker crane. The crane was being used to lift a utility pole to place it onto its base. For reasons currently unclear, the pole fell and struck live power lines, the local police department said.
The power lines then hit the cherry picker which, at the time of the accident, was around 30 feet above the ground. The worker fell to the ground as a result. He was taken to a local medical center in Chicago, but his current condition is currently now known. Over 2,000 homes in the area lost power as a result of the accident.
When a worked is hurt in the course of employment, he or she is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim. Successfully navigated, this type of claim may help the injured worker with costs typical of injuries of this nature, including hospital bills, lost pay and even physical therapy, when necessary. When California workers are injured on the job, they typically choose to consult experienced workers' compensation attorneys to assist them with this process. Sometimes, a claim is denied initially, and a lawyer can provide ongoing legal support through the appeals process.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Construction Accident Injures Worker, Leaves Thousands Without Power", April 14, 2016