A car accident has left two New York workers hospitalized. According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. The workers were apparently in the bucket part of a bucket truck. While in the bucket, a UPS truck hit the upper part of the bucket. As a result of the impact, the workers were thrown from the bucket and on to the ground. Emergency crews responded and took the workers to a nearby hospital. Following the accident, one worker was listed in serious condition and the other worker was in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Hopefully, the workers and their families will get some information on what caused this workplace accident.
However, for now the workers need to focus on their physical recovery. Workers, like these two, who have been in a serious workplace accident may suffer from a variety of serious and painful injuries that require long term medical care. In order to properly heal, many workers will be out of work for a length of time. While workers are out of work they may require surgery, rehabilitation or other medical treatment to get well enough to get back to normal life.
In these situations, workers’ compensation may be available to workers to help cover these expenses. Employers in New York are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for employees. This insurance helps to provide compensation to employees in the case of a workplace accident. This compensation can pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs arising out of an accident. Furthermore, this compensation may be available even if the employee’s mistake caused the accident or injury.
Source: WABC, “2 workers in bucket truck hurt in Upper West Side crash,” Nov. 5, 2013