California Law Associates Attorney Comments on Second Workplace Accident in San Bernardino County

Orange County workers compensation lawyer Shehzad Ahmad, California Law Associates lead attorney, says government investigators were too slow to report on investigation and wonders whether a worker’s death could have been prevented.

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The outcome of an investigation might result in changes that protect the workers from getting hurt or killed

Fontana, CA (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

A fatal accident at a concrete plant was the second in three months involving a worker who lost a leg, according to The Contra Costa Times (Nov. 13, 2012).

Orange County workers compensation lawye r Shehzad Ahmad, lead attorney for California Law Associates, says any workplace accident involving death or serious injury should be fully investigated. According to the Contra Costa Times, the fatal Nov. 12 accident at Oldcastle Precast-Southern California cost a second worker a leg barely three months after a previous accident resulted in a worker having a leg amputated. A government official told the newspaper that the pair of accidents is unusual.

"This is not a regular occurrence that we've seen," said Greg Siggins, spokesman at the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA.

Ahmad’s firm has represented workers injured in Riverside County, Orange County and elsewhere in Southern California. While not speaking specifically about the Fontana accident, Ahmad said investigations into work accidents must move quickly.

“The outcome of an investigation might result in changes that protect the workers from getting hurt or killed,” Ahmad said. “This is why it’s crucial for investigators to work quickly, but at the same time be thorough.”

In general, an accident involving violations of workplace safety regulations could result in a criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit, according to the S an Bernardino County District Attorney’s website.

“Whenever someone is hurt or killed due to violations of workplace safety regulations, the district attorney will investigate and prosecute those cases where the employer/business didn’t follow the rules,” the website states.

In most on-the-job accidents, injured workers can file for workers compensation, Ahmad said. He said workers compensation allows workers to pursue (depending on the circumstances) medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, vocational rehabilitation services and death benefits.

In general, Ahmad said, injured workers should seek legal counsel promptly to learn about their rights and to avoid the possibility of missing any filing deadlines.

The latest accident at the Fontana concrete plant claimed the life of 40-year-old Fernando Quezada of Fontana, San Bernardino County coroner's officials told The Times. The newspaper reported a second, unidentified worker suffered injuries that resulted in the loss of a leg.

Barely three months earlier, the newspaper noted, another worker suffered the loss of a leg in an Aug. 8 incident that remains under investigation by the state. A report is due early next year.
In the fatal accident, authorities said a cable snapped while two workers were wrapping it into coils, striking Quezada in the head and severing the second man’s leg. In the second accident, a concrete pole rolled onto a worker, resulting in the amputation of his leg, according to The Contra Costa Times.

About California Law Associates
For nearly two decades, California Law Associates has employed seasoned, aggressive lawyers with more than 50 years of combined personal injury law experience. They have handled everything required to secure workers compensation in Orange County, Riverside County and communities throughout the Southern California area. Ahmad, lead attorney, has been practicing personal injury law since 1995. He handpicks each case and devotes a great deal of time and resources to every client's situation. He understands the emotional and financial burdens of work-related injuries on injured workers and their families and works hard to pursue the best possible outcome.

The firm has its principal office at 2107 N. Broadway, Suite 201, in Santa Ana. For a free consultation, contact California Law Associates at either (714) 542-3377 or online at http://www.attorney4u.us/


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