Towards the end of last month, a construction accident in southeast Miami injured two workers who were on-site at the time. According to one local news report, the accident occurred at 200 SE 3rd Ave., right in downtown Miami.
The accident took place all the way up on the 26th floor of the building. Evidently, an interior wall that was used to frame a larger cement wall fell atop two workers. At the time of the accident, the elevator in the building didn’t go up that high, so the rescue was difficult. However, rescue crews were able to use some of the construction equipment to lower the men down to one of the floors that had elevator access, and from there they were taken down in the elevator.
One of the workers was seriously injured by the accident, and another worker suffered minor injuries. The current status of the workers has not been released. The federal government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken over the investigation, and the results are still pending. At this point, it is unclear how the accident occurred and who may have been at fault.
Construction Site and Other Workplace Accidents
Construction work is some of the most dangerous work, and a large percentage of the workplace accidents we see occur on various kinds of construction sites. However, construction sites are far from the only dangerous workplace. In fact, a surprising number of workplace injuries occur at businesses and locations that don’t initially seem dangerous.
Recovering Under Workers Compensation Laws in Florida
The workers’ compensation laws in Florida were originally designed to be a straightforward way for employees injured on the job to obtain compensation pending their recovery. However, due to recent changes in the law, in practice it is often difficult for injured workers to get the compensation that they are entitled to. On top of these new changes in the legal landscape, insurance companies tend to resist paying out on even the most meritorious claims without a fight. To help them fend off these lawsuits, insurance companies generally retain attorneys that specialize in defending these exact type of claims. Therefore, injured workers should seriously consider retaining their own counsel so they can ensure that someone will be on their side while they fight to get compensated during their period of recovery.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Workplace Accident?
If you have recently been involved in any kind of Florida workplace accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation pending your recovery. There are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits, depending on your injuries. To learn more about workplace accidents, and how you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, call 800-753-5529 today to set up a free initial consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney today.
See More Blog Posts:
Are You a Victim of Personal Injury?, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published August 26, 2014.
Man Injured in Workplace Injury Recovers $5 Million in Settlement Offer, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published January 13, 2015.