Workplace accidents often happen where and when it is least expected. While many employers and workers comply with safety regulations, every workplace has the potential for accidents that result in injured workers. Fortunately, most Colorado workers are covered by workers’ compensation that provides benefits to cover medical expenses, regardless of who was at fault.
In an accident in another state, a gas station worker recently suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle. Police reports say the worker was busy measuring the fuel level in an underground storage tank. In order to do this, he had to lie down on the ground in front of a parked commercial van.
During this time, a man who had just completed maintenance work on the gas pumps was ready to leave and got into the van. He was unable to see the man lying on the ground directly in front of his vehicle and proceeded to drive off, striking the worker in the process. Fortunately, first responders arrived promptly and stabilized the injured worker before taking him to the hospital. The local police carried out an investigation.
Any injured workers in Colorado are entitled to pursue compensation from the workers’ compensation insurance fund. The fund typically covers the medical expenses related work accidents. Also, a percentage of lost income will be paid based on the average income of the worker just prior to the accident. Some workers find the claim process overwhelming. If so, they can choose to retain the services of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys to protect their interests and handle the administrative and judicial proceedings of their claims.
Source: heraldnews.com, “Employee injured after being struck by van at Freetown gas station“, May. 22, 2015