Chase Anderson was working about 20 feet above the sub floor on the EnCana drilling rig when he fell about 11 p.m. Friday night. He was transported to Kadlec, and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He suffered four, six inch gashes down to the skull. After testing, it was found he had abdominal bleeding and a fracture C-5 vertebrate. He also broke the tips off C-6 and C-7. You can read more about this story at Fall Injures Worker.
If this injury was the employer’s fault, worker’s compensation is the only remedy. But if it was the fault of a third-party, like a subcontractor, then there can be a claim for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life in addition to lost wages and medical expenses.