It only takes the blink of an eye for a San Diego workplace accident to occur, leaving unsuspecting workers with injuries. In the aftermath, an injured worker may be subjected to a significant amount of hardship. Specifically, he or she may face unexpected medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages, when his or her injuries render him or her unable to work. This can be a trying time, one that is fraught with financial instability, emotional turmoil and physical pain.
To see just how quickly a workplace accident can result in injuries, one need only look at a recent incident that left 12 injured. According to reports, the victims were dockworkers at the Port of Long Beach who were injured when hazardous liquid started leaking from a 6,000-gallon container. The liquid was so dangerous that a security perimeter was set up 1,000 feet away from the spill. The cause of the spill is unknown at this time.
Although 11 of the dockworkers suffered only minor injuries that did not require hospitalization, one worker was taken to the hospital. A firefighter was also hurt while responding to the scene and was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Although, it is unclear when these workers will be able to return to their job, it is likely that they were unprepared to be dealt with the physical, emotional and financial toll that the accident took on them.
In these instances, an injured worker may need to consider seeking workers’ compensation benefits. If successful, an injured worker may be awarded money that can go a long way toward getting him or her back to work. The money recovered can be used to pay for medical expenses and ease the damage of lost wages. Workers’ compensation benefits are not guaranteed though, which is why injured workers need to understand the law, how it applies to their situation and how to use it to their advantage.