A construction site accident that occurred at the San Diego Zoo resulted in the hospitalization of three workers.
The late July accident reportedly took place when three contractors suffered injuries — although it’s not yet clear exactly what happened. A zoo spokesperson could confirm that the people who were injured were working on a construction project at the zoo. The accident did not involve any San Diego Zoo Global staff, and no exhibits were closed immediately afterward.
Options after a workplace accident
After you have been injured in an accident in the workplace, you have two main options: you either file a worker’s compensation claim or a personal injury claim. The option you choose depends on whether the injury occurred due to someone else’s negligence. If negligence played a role, you would file a personal injury claim. For all other injuries, you would file a workers’ compensation claim.
If you are a contract worker rather than an employee, however, your options are somewhat limited. Because you will not be covered through an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, you would almost certainly need to seek damages through a personal injury claim. In this situation, you would need to prove that another person or entity was at fault, and that the responsible party violated the duty of care to protect your safety. You would also need to demonstrate that the at-fault party’s actions directly led to your injury.
For more information and guidance on what you should do after suffering an accident at work, speak with a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.