When the weather outside is nice, Colorado residents may see more workers out on the roads where there is construction. But construction zones are not the only place where workers are at risk of getting injured. Whenever something falls off a car and could potentially cause an accident, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker may have to get it off the road.
In that type of work environment, workers can potentially get seriously hurt or killed. One Colorado DOT worker was injured after he was struck by a car last week. The worker had been removing debris from the highway when he was hit by a passing car.
According to the report, he suffered serious injuries and was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment. His injuries included a head injury and several broken bones; it may be a while before he can return to work. If he suffered any injuries to his hands or arms, even a job in an office may be difficult for him.
For this worker, his recovery could take a few weeks or longer depending on how serious his head injury is. Recovering from an injury can include a lot of medical bills, expensive prescription drugs, and lost wages. An unexpected injury can put a lot of financial strain on a worker and his or her family.
Fortunately, workers who are injured in a work-related accident can claim workers' compensation benefits. These types of benefits can help with some of the expenses until the worker is able to return to work.
Source: Denver Post: "CDOT worker critically injured by car on I-70," Kieran Nicholson, Aug. 6, 2011.