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Fatal construction accident in Cathedral City

We all know that construction sites are dangerous places. After all, they are rattled with heavy machinery, large objects, shift ground, and a myriad of other dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, these dangers proved deadly in a construction accident this month.

The worksite accident

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal accident occurred at the Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City. The accident killed a 41-year-old construction worker from Temecula just before 5:30 a.m. The details of the fatal accident have not been released, and the accident is being investigated by the Cathedral City Police Department and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Department of Workplace Safety.

Help for injured workers and their families

The workers’ compensation system is set up to help injured workers, but what some may not know is that the system is also there for workers’ families. For example, when a worker is killed, survivor benefits can be available to the deceased worker’s family. However, the system for both injured workers and their families in often not easy to navigate. This is where an attorney can help.

Folsom, California, attorneys can help with the initial filing, seeking compensation for medical bills and other damages, work with all the parties (insurance company, Workers’ Compensation Bureau, employer, etc.) and streamline the process. They can also help injured workers avoid or end workplace retaliation that one may be facing after an injury. This can make the healing process much easier.

No insurance?

California requires all employers to attain and maintain a workers’ compensation insurance policy for their workers. If they fail to do this, compensation is still available from the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Uninsured Employees Fund. And, one can also file a civil lawsuit against the employer because they failed to purchase insurance.