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Los Angeles Dock Workers Killed, Another Injured | Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach
At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our Los Angeles on the job injuries attorney will work to secure the compensation you deserve if your workplace injury claim is denied or if the negligence of a third party caused you harm.
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18 May 2019 | William J. Kropach | On The Job Injury

The last thing you ever expect is that you will be injured at work while you perform routine activities. You should always have a safe work environment and it is up to your employer to take steps to keep you safe. However, we want to discuss a recent injury case that caused a death and an injury in LA.

At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we are going to be by your side when you need a Los Angeles on the job injury attorney. Our team will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve.

This Is A Tragic Case

We have learned that a Los Angeles dock worker was killed and another one was seriously injured in a recent incident at the Los Angeles port. As of the latest update, the injured worker, Pedro Chavarin, was undergoing more surgery and his family is by his side.

“It was a tough day, and it’s not going to be easy going forward,” said Los Angeles port Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi.

Jose Santoya, 58, was killed when the top loader tire that he and Chavarin were changing exploded. A top loader is a machine that repositions shipping containers on the docks as they are unloaded.

Chavarin was taken to the hospital after the incident for emergency surgery and his injuries were described as multiple and severe.

Cal/OSHA, the Los Angeles Port Police, and the US Coast Guard are all investigating the cause of the incident.

What Can Happen?

While we await the results of the investigation, we know that workplace incidents like this often happen due to the negligence of a company or agency. In many cases, employers fail to properly inspect and maintain their equipment. This can lead to malfunctions that cause serious accidents.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we know that there were 2.8 million workplace injuries or illnesses reported in 2017, the latest full year of data available. While some industries have more risk than others, anyone is susceptible to an injury in the workplace. It is vital that employers take the steps necessary to keep workers safe. This includes ensuring they provide proper training and equipment in all circumstances.

Moving Forward From Here

While nobody ever wants to get hurt at work, we know that these incidents are sometimes a reality. When workplace injuries do occur, you should not have to worry about whether or not you can afford the expenses. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we will work to secure the compensation you deserve if your workplace injury claim is denied or if the negligence of a third party caused you harm. This compensation can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

When you need a Los Angeles on the job injuries attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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