A woman from Texas is lucky to be alive after being injured in a horrific workplace accident. On June 24th, 34-year-old Reyna Gonzalez was working at a recycling facility in Dallas when her hair was caught in a conveyor belt. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and as the machine grabbed her hair, it pulled her entire body backwards. Gonzalez was able to pull herself away from the conveyor belt, and it ripped 70 percent of her scalp away from her head. She laid on the ground touching her head and claimed she felt only her skull. Gonzalez also stated that she remembers witnessing her co-workers staring at her disgusted and in disbelief. She was transported to the hospital where she had surgery to reattach her scalp. The operating doctor is pleased with her progress and believes she will make a full recovery.
Several injuries and fatalities are caused by work-related accidents every year in the United States. The University of Illinois released a recent study claiming workers are more likely to be injured or killed while working at recycling plants than most other jobs. However, every occupation poses risks that can lead to injuries. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is important to contact an experienced St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney.
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will work hard to ensure you receive financial compensation for your medical treatment, loss of income, and mental anguish. We believe your health and safety are a priority, and when they are compromised, those responsible for the accident should be held accountable. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.