Mechanic Injured In Los Angeles Cold Storage Truck Accident Along South Central Avenue
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 21, 2020) – A man was critically injured in a semi-truck accident at Los Angeles Cold Storage frozen food warehouse along South Central Avenue.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:20 p.m. on Friday. A mobile mechanic was working under the tractor trailer truck as it was being unloaded.
A portion of the tractor which was being unloaded fell onto the mechanic. The mobile mechanic sustained a severe head injury. Paramedics were called to the Los Angeles Cold Storage frozen food warehouse and the victim was taken to a trauma center in order to receive treatment.
Cal/OSHA is currently investigating what may have caused the accident at this time.
Liability In Los Angeles Cold Storage Truck Accidents
Accidents involving workers being struck by objects may seem like a freak occurrence but they are actually quite common. According to OSHA, “Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.” Victims of truck accidents may suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a workplace accident may be able to seek justice through a workers compensation claim. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” There are a number of benefits associated with workers compensation including financial support for :
- Medical care
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
Depending on the facts of any case an injured worker may be able to seek justice through a third party liability claim. A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. For example, a company responsible for packing or unloading items onto a truck could be liable if they drop an item onto a worker.
Victims of truck accidents may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The FMCSA requires trucks to have between $750,000 – $5,000,000 depending on what they are carrying. A truck accident attorney can examine all the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly.
Investigating A Los Angeles Cold Storage Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the worker who was injured at the Los Angeles Cold Storage frozen food warehouse. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this.
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