Keeping the Florida roads in prime condition is a key aspect to safety. This falls on workers who are tasked with performing maintenance, doing repairs and making improvements. Workers who are stationed in these areas are facing a certain level of risk of injuries and fatalities not just from the heavy machinery, complex tools and large vehicles they are using, but also from the cars and trucks that are passing by. When there is an accident, workers can be injured and lose their lives. Those who have been hurt should understand their rights to workers’ compensation, filing a personal injury lawsuit and seeking Social Security disability benefits if need be.
Car hits and injures two men in work zone
A car failed to stop at a restricted area where road work was being done and hit two workers, sending them to the hospital. The accident occurred at around noon. A red Buick Century ignored vehicles that blocked the exit, and drove onto the ramp. The workers – a mechanic and a tow truck operator – were set to tow a dump truck. Both were hit and then the Buick hit the tow truck. Emergency services were called and the workers were taken to the hospital. They were said to have been seriously hurt. The driver was hurt, but not seriously. The case is still being investigated.
Injured workers should understand the process to receiving benefits
Workers’ compensation is in place to help those who have been injured on the job and cannot work. They can receive medical care and, depending on the severity of their injuries, temporary or permanent benefits. If the worker can recover from the injuries, he or she may be able to return to work. If not and the workers’ compensation benefits do not cover all that is needed, there are the options to file a personal injury claim and to seek Social Security disability benefits.
Legal assistance may be key with a case
There are various requirements that must be met to get workers’ compensation benefits. Even in cases where the workers are clearly injured, there may be issues in dispute. Having legal assistance is imperative to provide all the necessary evidence, file the claim and appeal if it is denied. When other benefits are needed, it is also useful to have legal help that is experienced in personal injury and SSD benefits. Calling a firm that has comprehensive knowledge should be the first step for these injured workers and anyone else who is injured on the job.