An accident at a Los Angeles meat packing company resulted in major personal injuries for a worker the morning of June 19, 2010. ABC News reports that the incident occurred at the Jobbers Meat Packing Company in Vernon, California. Officials say the worker somehow fell into the grinder and that his legs were cut off above the knee. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation.
My heart goes out to this injured worker. I hope he has not sustained catastrophic job injuries and pray for his quick and complete recovery.
In California , 453 workers were fatally injured in industrial accidents in 2005, according to statistics provided by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health. Also in 2005, 76 workers died in construction and industrial accidents in California as a result of contact with equipment.
Accident Causes and Compensation Issues
In this particular case, the most important question will be what caused this tragic accident. Was it negligence, lack of training or failure to follow safety procedures? In some cases malfunctioning equipment or a defective piece of machinery can also cause or contribute to such serious job injuries.
This worker will be entitled to workers compensation benefits. However, in California, workers compensation benefits prove inadequate and may not fully cover medical expenses and lost wages faced by seriously hurt workers and their families.
In such cases, injured workers and their families would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer about filing a third-party claim. Such claims are worth a lot more than the average workers compensation case and will help seriously injured workers recover compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of livelihood and ongoing medical expenses. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured workers and their families.
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