In May 2019, Pueblo police were called to a fatal industrial accident near Rocla Concrete in Pueblo. According to accounts, workers were attempting to move train cars when another yard worker became stuck between two train cars. The 27-year-old man died as a result of his injuries. Here’s the story of a Pueblo work accident at train yard results in fatality.
Work-related accidents like this one occur at an alarming rate in Colorado and across the United States. Fortunately, the vast majority of work-related accidents result in non-fatal injuries. In 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported. One-third of those injuries and illnesses resulted in missed time from work for an average of 8 days. Many of these cases, 51,380 injury cases to be exact, also resulted in hospitalization from injuries ranging from overexertion to falls.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, it is important to understand how your work injury could affect your life. Work injuries are typically compensated through the workers’ compensation system. Unlike personal injuries, injured workers don’t have to prove that their employer was negligent in order to collect compensation. However, they’re typically not allowed to file a lawsuit against their employer. However, if a third-party is to blame, such as a sub-contractor, then injured workers may be able to collect both workers’ compensation and file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent contractor.
In order to file a third-party lawsuit after a work-related accident, injured workers must report their accident and injuries to their supervisor immediately. The longer you wait to report your incident, the more difficult it will be to prove liability.
Once you report the incident, it is important to have a medical professional examine you for serious injury. Your doctor will diagnose your injury and then determine the appropriate course of treatment. It is important that you follow all doctors orders precisely in order to prevent insurance companies from claiming that you aren’t as injured as you say you are.
Once you’ve reported the accident and sought medical treatment, it is important to speak to an experienced and skilled Pueblo workers’ compensation attorney. Your personal injury attorney can review the details surrounding your accident and help establish if a third party is to blame for your injuries.
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When the insurance company denies your claim, we can help. Our Pueblo insurance dispute attorneys know that injured accident victims don’t have time to negotiate and play around with insurance companies. That’s why we work aggressively for them every step of the way. Call Pueblo attorney Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.