County Road Worker Dies from Injuries in May Accident
The Panama City News Herald reported on June 2 that a 43-year-old Bay County Roads and Bridges heavy equipment operator succumbed to injuries he sustained last month when a man drove his car into him on Thomas Drive as the heavy equipment operator was putting out an electronic sign. “This is a devastating loss to Bay County, and our prayers and thoughts are with his family,” County Commission Chairman Bill Dozier said in a statement.
According to the News Herald, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) had not filed charges in the collision or updated its report to indicate whether the driver had a medical condition that caused them to veer into a closed lane before hitting the heavy equipment operator. FHP had reported that the driver might have suffered a seizure before the crash.
Miami Worker’s Compensation Attorney
When a worker in Florida is killed on the job, his or her employer may be required under Florida Statute § 440.16 to provide various forms of compensation to family members. Death benefits may include actual funeral expenses of up to $7,500, weekly compensation to dependents, up to a total of $150,000, and payment of any postsecondary student fees for the surviving spouse.
Due to the exclusive remedy provisions of the state’s workers’ compensation laws, however, employers and insurers cannot be held liable for wrongful death claims. The Thomas Drive accident discussed above, however, is an example of another scenario in which family members could have other legal recourse in addition to worker’s compensation: A wrongful death action against a negligent third party.
While several workplace accidents are the result of the negligence of employers or fellow co-workers, there are occasions when a party not on an employer’s payroll is directly responsible for causing a victim’s injuries. Automobile accidents are a common example of such claims, but other third-party actions could relate to the manufacturers of defective products or the makers of toxic substances.
Families are frequently too overwhelmed with grief to sort out their legal options following the death of a loved one. Miami workers’ compensation lawyer Evan A. Hoffman can handle all of the necessary paperwork so you can take the time you and your family need to grieve. If your loved one was killed on the job as the result of another party’s negligence, you will want to contact The Hoffman Firm for help exploring all of your possible legal options.
Evan A. Hoffman
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