Although the workers' compensation insurance program of the state typically covers injured workers in California, the circumstances of some workplace accidents might provide grounds for civil lawsuits. Filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim could lead to more than the basic compensation typically offered by the workers' compensation system. An incident that caused the death of a truck driver in another state might lead to such a lawsuit.
A rookie police officer in California, whose field training was completed only recently, died from gunshot wounds on a recent Thursday. Although the alleged shooter is also dead, a wrongful death lawsuit might be filed against his estate. Reportedly, the 22-year-old officer followed in her father's footsteps, who himself was a deputy in Colusa County for 26 years.