Minnesota motor sports fans may not have known that a safety worker was injured at the end of a championship race at Detroit's Belle Isle Raceway on May 30. According to initial reports, it was not clear how the unidentified safety worker suffered the injuries.
It appeared that the worker was injured after a four-car pileup occurred once the race had ended. A vehicle being driven by one of the participants in the race apparently collided with the back end of a safety truck that was on the track lending assistance to another vehicle.
The safety worker was reportedly in stable condition, though he suffered a number of injuries including broken bones, damage to his spleen and kidney and a collapsed lung. A second safety worker was also injured but was released from the hospital shortly after the incident occurred. A driver who was involved in the pile-up was also taken to the infield care center before being evaluated and released.
Depending on where a person works, there are always certain risks. However, it is the employer's responsibility to mitigate those risks as much as possible. A worker who is injured in an on-the-job accident may be eligible to seek workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may include the costs of treatment for the injury and compensation for a percentage of the wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney who has experience in these matters can provide assistance to an injured worker with the preparation and filing of the required claim. Legal representation may also be advisable during a subsequent hearing should the claim be denied or disputed.
Source: USA Today, "Scary incident at end of sports car race in Detroit", Mike Brudenell, May 30. 2015
Source: USA Today, "Track safety worker has injuries to spleen, kidney, lung, broken ribs", May 31, 2015