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Two California construction workers injured in crash

As we have mentioned before on this blog, construction workers across California are often asked to put their safety on the line to better their communities by building roads, bridges and buildings. Although state laws and public service initiatives try to increase construction zone awareness and reduce speeds throughout construction areas, the fact of the matter is that many individuals continue to drive negligently in these areas, thereby putting construction workers in danger.

This was the case recently in the San Diego-area when two construction workers were injured when they were struck by a vehicle. According to reports, a man drove his car across traffic cones and into a closed area of Interstate 15 when he rear-ended a pickup truck. The construction worker in the truck was injured, as was another worker who was standing near the vehicle at the time of the accident. Both workers were taken to the hospital with what are considered minor injuries. The driver was arrested for alleged drunk driving.

Although the workers in this situation escaped with minor injuries, it still helps to highlight the interconnectedness that can exist between workers' compensation and personal injury claims. Those who are injured on the job may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits, which disallows them from pursuing a lawsuit against their employer. Sometimes, though, workers' compensation benefits don't cover the full extent of a victim's losses. When the injuries were caused by a third party, such as a drunk driver, then a personal injury lawsuit may accompany a workers' compensation claim in hopes of recovering in a way that allows for all of one's damages to be recovered.

These intertwined matters can be extremely complex and can lead to opportunities lost if mishandled. Therefore, individuals who have suffered a workplace injury, whether caused by an accident in the workplace or the negligence of a third-party, should consider seeking professional guidance, so they can understand their options for recovery.



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