Cell tower workers face one of the most dangerous occupations in America. Every year, Los Angeles’ workers face severe cell tower accidents which can result in injury or death. The result is workers and families left with massive medical debt, and often unable to return to work. If you have suffered from an accident working on a cell tower, you are not alone—and the law is on your side. You could recover all of the money you need for your treatment, bills and to offset your lost wages. You need to talk to a Los Angeles cell tower accident lawyer.
The Simmrin Law Group is here for you. We always take the side of injured workers, and we understand the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying out claims. We have put together a team of some of the most talented lawyers in California, and our job is simple: we win cases. Let us give you a free consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 310-997-4688 and get your free consultation today.
Why are cell tower accidents so common?
Cell tower workers do one of the most dangerous jobs in existence. By the numbers, a tower worker is up to 10 times more likely to die on the job than a construction worker—often by circumstances beyond their control. Over 100 worker deaths were reported over a 9-year period alone—a staggering rate for any occupation outside the military.
Some of the most common causes of accidents include:
- Falls. Some cell towers rise more than 2,000 feet from the ground. Workers face the risk of falling from strong wind gusts, faulty safety equipment and other causes. Falls from this height are frequently fatal.
- Falling objects. Workers on the ground can be hit if a tool is dropped or if wind carries a tool off the tower structure, or by falling debris on a damaged tower.
- Electrical shock. Cell tower workers have to regularly deal with live electrical components and can face electrocution.
- Weather changes can come suddenly, with high risk of lightning strikes or sudden wind gusts at high elevation.
- Tower collapse. Workers have been injured or killed when towers collapsed or when cables snapped.
- Defective equipment or training. Many cell carriers follow a “profit first” mentality and may not inspect or replace safety equipment as often as they should. In some cases, they even fail to give workers adequate training before sending them out on the job.
What rights do I have as a worker?
Officially, all companies that employ cell tower workers are required to follow strict OSHA regulations. This includes requirements around safety training, protective gear, and policies for unsafe conditions on towers. These regulations are supposed to protect you—but they often don’t.
The reality is that cell carriers and other employers may cut corners, rush employee training, or pressure workers to go up in conditions that are not truly safe. And even with the best precautions, equipment can fail or towers can collapse.
That’s why the law also gives you the right to compensation.
Virtually all cell tower workers are covered by worker’s compensation, which will pay for all costs related to your injury. This money is your right, and you have already paid into the worker’s compensation system through paycheck deductions—if you or your loved one suffered from an accident, you can and should file a claim.
What does worker’s compensation cover in a cell tower accident?
Worker’s compensation is designed to be all-inclusive. Basically, any cost related to the accident should be covered. This includes:
- Hospital bills, treatments and medication
- Lost income
- The full projected cost of any future treatment you’ll need
- Your travel costs if you have to drive to doctor appointments
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitation
Additionally, in severe cases, worker’s compensation can cover:
- Substantial cash settlements for the loss of a limb, a serious injury, or pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship if your loved one died
- Loss of future earning potential
- Funeral costs/final expenses for the loss of a loved one
With a good lawyer, it’s not uncommon to see cell tower accident claims pay out multi-million dollar settlements.
Do I have to sue someone to get my settlement? Do I have to sue my employer?
In Los Angeles, you do not have to sue ANYONE to claim your worker’s compensation money—and you do not have to blame or sue your employer.
Worker’s compensation was designed to completely replace lawsuits so that you are guaranteed the money you need, without a protracted legal battle.
There are rare cases where lawsuit may still be advisable, but in most tower accidents, you can get the money you need without ever going to court.
Why do I need a lawyer if worker’s compensation covers my injury?
Unfortunately, worker’s compensation claims are still handled by insurance companies—and they’re run for profit. Insurers will look for any way possible to reduce how much they pay you. This could include:
- Referring you to a doctor that you do not believe has your best interests in mind
- Arguing over the extent of your injuries
- Denying more expensive procedures that would get you better results
- Ignoring the pain and suffering the injury has caused
- Trying to pay you only for your costs to date, with no money for the years of future medical treatment you may need
You are not required to get a lawyer to file your claim. However, an experienced attorney can launch their own investigation into the accident, prove the full extent of your injuries or losses, and potentially get you a much larger settlement—one that reflect the real cost of your accident.
Talk to a Los Angeles Cell Tower Accident Lawyer for Free
Suffering an accident is bad enough. No worker or their family should be left struggling to pay for it on their own. Let the Simmrin Law Group give you a FREE consultation and show you how we can help. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 310-997-4688 and get your FREE consultation today.