What started out as a normal day for two Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers ended with both of them in the hospital. While on the job, the vehicle these two individuals were in was hit by a semitrailer. Due to the circumstances of this event, the victims may utilize workers' compensation benefits and possibly be able to file third-party claims against the trucker and his employer.
According to a recent news report, on May 1, the ODOT workers were out on Highway 75 in Okmulgee County to repair a sign. While sitting in their flatbed truck, a passing semi struck their vehicle. Both workers were ejected from their truck and suffered injuries that required immediate medical attention. One of the victims -- a 45-year-old male -- was transported to the hospital via helicopter, while the other victim -- a 19-year-old male -- was taken via ambulance. Their current conditions are unknown.
The semitrailer driver -- a 52-year-old male -- refused medical treatment. Investigators still have not released information regarding the cause of this crash. It is unclear if any charges will be filed.
There are a lot of unknowns in this case. What is clear is that both of the victims were on duty when they suffered their injuries. This means they should be eligible to utilize workers' compensation benefits to cover their lost wages, medical care and -- if applicable -- losses resulting from disability. These individuals can turn to an experienced attorney who will be able to help them fight for the maximum benefit allowed. Legal counsel can also help them pursue third-party claims -- if deemed appropriate -- in an Oklahoma civil court against the truck driver and his employer in order to seek further relief.
Source: newson6.com, "2 ODOT Workers Injured In Crash Involving Semi", May 1, 2018