The construction industry is one of the most dangerous professions in the country. Working at heights and around heavy equipment can cause serious accidents that severely injure or kill those working at the site. Sadly, this was made evident once again in a tragic construction accident in the Sunshine State that claimed one life and seriously injured another.
According to news reports, the accident occurred in North Miami at the area of Northeast 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard on the afternoon of Monday, October 25. This area is near the Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus, and the accident involved at least two construction workers who were doing work on the roadway.
Reportedly, as the men worked, a heavy piece of equipment fell on them. One worker was killed at the scene, and another was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The report did not provide any details as to the severity of the worker’s injuries, and authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Compensation for victims
Florida’s workers’ compensation system can provide support to the injured victim as well as provide death benefits to the deceased victim’s surviving family members. This compensation can help with cost-of-living expenses and provide a level of income based on the workers’ wages. Death benefits may also provide up to $7,500 for funeral expenses as well as other benefits to the deceased’s dependents and surviving spouse. Since the workers’ compensation system can be difficult to navigate, those who think they may have a claim will want to work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to increase their chances of receiving an approved claim and obtaining the maximum amount of benefits to which they are entitled.