California family sues after construction worker killed on site

A California family lost a husband and father when he died after a wall collapsed on him at the construction site where he was working. The 51-year-old father of three was working and eating lunch in a trench with another construction worker on the site of a new car dealership when a wall collapsed on the pair.

One of the victims of the construction site accident managed to escape with nonlife-threatening injuries. But rescue crews became a recovery team once the man's death was confirmed. The managing construction corporation has been sued for negligence, willful failure to warn and dangerous condition of public property.

The company responded to the complaint two months later with a denial of all allegations. It claims the family has not been financially damaged, nor had they provided facts sufficient for a cause of action. The family had also failed to mitigate damages, according to the company.

The family has begun collecting donations on an Internet fundraising page for the care of his wife and three children. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has opened an investigation into the fatal accident. The construction company and a subcontractor are both subjects of the investigation.

Victims of construction accidents and their families are entitled to fight for reimbursement for medical expenses or end-of-life expenses, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Legal representation may ease the process of weighing options for settlements and court actions for families affected by damage, injury or loss of life in the workplace.

Source: NBC Southern California, "Family of Construction Worker Killed in El Cajon Wall Collapse Files Suit," Jamie Ries, Sep. 16, 2017

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