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Man may be paralyzed after working on high speed rail

A construction site accident in another part of California may have left a man unable to walk, according to those who are close to the worker.

The man was helping to erect a wall along the route of California's high-speed railway, which is under development. The equipment propping up the wall failed, injuring the worker.

According to a spokesman for the family, who is a relative of the worker, the man suffered multiple broken bones at various locations in his body. He also had serious damage to his tendons and ligaments, which connect muscles and bones and are essential for mobility. Perhaps most seriously, he suffered damage to his spine and recently underwent surgery. His doctors say that, despite the surgery, it is likely that the man will be paralyzed from the waist down.

This is not the first incident involving the high-speed rail, even though the railway recently affirmed its commitment to the safety of those who work on building it. Several months ago, five workers got hurt when a heavy tower collapsed on them. Two of those workers had to be taken to the hospital.

In this case, the injured worker was at the site on behalf of a steel company that had apparently been contracted to help build the railway. As such, he should be able to collect workers' compensation benefits from that company since he was at the site on its behalf.

Moreover, he may have some legal options to pursue the high speed rail for additional compensation, although whether and to what extent this is possible is a question for a California attorney with experience handling construction accidents.

Source: ABC 30, "New information on High Speed Rail construction accident," Dale Yurong, March 8, 2018.

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