A 20-year-old construction worker was injured by a 1,000-pound door in an industrial accident on November 4, 2008 at the Gilbert water treatment plant, according to this news blog. The heavy door was being placed inside a 5.5-million gallon tank when the door fell, crushing the worker’s head and cracking his safety helmet. Gilbert fire officials said the worker, whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn. His injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
The victim reportedly complained of head and neck pain and a swollen left knee. It is indeed fortunate that this worker did not suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries given the serious nature of the situation and the weight of the door that crushed him. In fact, fire officials say the man would have surely died if his co-workers had not warned him about the falling door. This door apparently allows the tank to shut off a portion of the water flow to other parts of the tank.
When a worker is injured in an on-the-job accident in Arizona, he or she is covered by workers’ compensation. However, this coverage is often not enough to compensate the injured worker for medical expenses, cost of medication, hospitalization and for lost wages. A lot of people are not aware that workers compensation is not the only recourse in these situations. In some cases, workers may be able to file a “third-party claim,” which may be worth a lot more than a workers compensation claim.
If you have been injured on the job or in a Phoenix construction or industrial accident, please contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at the Breyer Law Offices. We will help you through this tough time by securing you the compensation you rightfully deserve.