Last Update: 7/13/2020
Attorney Commentary: In the second part of this story, construction accident lawyer Bobby Thompson will discuss the legal options of injured construction workers and the families of those killed in fatal construction accidents.
An investigation is ongoing after a construction worker was killed this weekend in a fatal work accident at Los Angeles International Airport. 39-year-old died Saturday morning after suffering an injury while working on an aerial tram project near East and Center ways at about 6 a.m.
According to LAX, Barajas’ fatal injuries are believed to have been caused by a rebar column collapsing. Airport police officers and officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department tried to resuscitate Barajas at the scene, but he died there.
This incident is under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). The tram project was also halted for two days while the Los Angeles Police Department conducted an investigation.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson represents injured construction workers and their families in legal claims, helping them recover the financial support they need and deserve. We’ve asked Bobby to share some brief info on the financial compensation options widely available to injured construction employees.
“If you’re the loved one of a construction worker, you know how dangerous this job can be. Construction workers are regularly injured on the job and suffer some of the highest rates of fatal work-related accidents, at one of every five workplace deaths in the United States. The families of construction workers who die on the job are entitled to financial compensation for the loss of their loved ones. Most cases are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and there are even some situations in which the family of the worker may have grounds for a lawsuit. Lastly, construction injury or death lawsuits can be filed in cases of third-party liability. For example, if a worker died in an accident caused by a defective piece of machinery, the family could have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer of that machinery.”