A man was injured on the job in a construction accident that occurred at the Los Angeles International Airport. According to a City News Service report, the construction accident occurred the early morning of August 20, 2011 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. At least one person was hospitalized following the accident. It is not clear what caused the accident. The extent of the worker's injuries is also unknown at this time. The report states that the incident, in all likelihood, occurred at the $1.5-billion Bradley expansion project.
My thoughts and prayers are with the worker injured in this Los Angeles construction accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
Construction Accident Statistics
According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 879 full time construction workers were injured in the year 2009 nationally. That represents a significant decrease from the 1,016 construction workers injured in 2008 nationwide. For every 100 full-time construction workers, 4.3 sustained a workplace injury or illness in a work-related incident, in the year 2009.
What Caused This Construction Accident?
The report does not specify how the accident occurred. There are a number of questions that arise in such situations. Were the workers at this construction site equipped with safety devices? Were the workers properly supervised? Were the workers given sufficient job and safety training? Was this construction site accident the result of a defective product or equipment malfunction? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely how and why this incident occurred.
Injured workers are entitled to receive workers compensation benefits from their employers. These benefits will usually cover part of the medical expenses and lost wages following a job-related accident. However, workers compensation benefits in California are woefully inadequate when it comes to covering rehabilitative treatment and helping workers who have sustained major or catastrophic injuries on the job.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise workers if a third-party claim exists. These are claims filed against individuals or entities other than the employer, and whose negligence caused or contributed to the injury accident. Examples of third parties include property owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, or manufacturers of defective products. Third-party claims are typically worth a lot more to seriously injured workers or families of deceased workers than workers compensation benefits.