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Worker injured after 20-foot fall at California construction site

Of all the accidents that take place on construction sites, falls are the by far the most common. There are a range of reasons for this. Sometimes workers get careless and hop up on the scaffolding to do a quick job. Other times, the company doesn't provide its workers with the proper harness equipment. And then there are times when holes of dig sites are properly marked.

A man working at a California construction site in early March fell down a concrete vault. The fall was around 20 feet and the man suffered some unspecified injuries as a result. It took rescue crews about 45 minutes to arrive on the scene and hoist the man up. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that he was "conscious and alert."

There's a common misconception about workplace accidents like these. Many people think that the worker has to prove that the accident wasn't their fault in order to receive workers' compensation benefits. On the contrary, workers' compensation is designed to take care of any workplace accident regardless of who was at fault and regardless of your health history. Here in California, workers' compensation covers replacement income and medical care.

Unfortunately, there are times when insurance companies or employers will try to deny a claim or provide the minimum amount of compensation possible. For those times, victims may want to contact a workers' compensation attorney. Attorneys can help victims file claims, appeal decisions and, when necessary, take the case to court to get their clients the compensation they need.

Source: patch.com, "Downtown Construction Worker Rescued After Falling 20 Feet Into Vault," March 3, 2017

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