Recently while fighting a serious fire in Soberanes, a worker was injured and was taken to a hospital for emergency medical treatment. The employer is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration due to the circumstances surrounding the work injury and accident. The injured worker was operating a water tender at the time of the unfortunate incident.
The 60-year-old California worker was driving the water tender when his vehicle rolled approximately 300 feet down an embankment. The hill was steep, and the man suffered internal injuries and damage to his ribs. He was flown to a hospital, but reports indicate that he is currently in stable condition.
A work accident of this nature can result in a painful and expensive recovery. In addition to his medical bills, the man will undoubtedly be affected by the lost wages from the weeks he will miss from work. His recovery costs will exacerbate these difficult financial circumstances, and his family may be left with a financial burden that is too heavy to carry alone. He may seek workers' compensation benefits for his medical care and other needs, but it is not always easy to secure the amount of money needed in a timely manner.
When a California employee suffers a work injury, it is important that he or she take steps to protect the right to recovery. Workers' compensation benefits are designed to protect injured workers, and an experienced lawyer can help pursue all financial relief appropriate to the circumstances. It is best to seek legal support as soon as possible after an accident in order to protect one's rights and long-term interests.
Source: kion546.com, "Cal OSHA investigating Soberanes Fire injury", Marissa Schwartz, Sept. 21, 2016