Injured in a California Winter Storm While on the Job? Workers’ Compensation May ApplyBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 19, 2012 | In Workplace Injury
There are a number of causes of on-the-job injury accidents, including those in which bad winter weather causes a car accident or other workplace injury.
Some types of winter-weather injuries that California employers must consider include:
- Frostbite and hypothermia. Southern California rarely sees freezing temperatures, but employers who send workers into the mountains or the northern reaches of the state need to remember that not every place shares the warm, beautiful weather of this region. Cold-weather injuries, like frostbite or hypothermia, can easily occur if workers do not have adequate cold-weather clothing or if they don’t know how to protect themselves from freezing weather.
- Car accidents. Snow, ice, sleet, hail, and rain can all contribute to car accidents that might injure workers who need to drive as part of their jobs. Paying attention to weather reports can help workers avoid car accident injuries caused by winter storms.
- Repair or construction injuries. After a severe winter storm, workers who handle electrical repairs, home repairs, and other construction-type jobs face an increased risk of injury from downed wires, damaged surfaces, and other hazards. Employers should ensure that workers have the equipment and training they need to spot and address dangerous situations on the job, especially after a storm.
If you’re injured in a bad-weather-related accident in California while you’re on the job, don’t hesitate to file a workers’ compensation claim and seek experienced legal help from a Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer at the team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. Our number is (888) 438-7734; call us today for a free case evaluation.