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Fatal Injuries in the Workplace

Unfortunately, fatal injuries in the workplace sometimes occur. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational and Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there were 4,679 on-the-job fatalities in the U.S. in 2014 — nearly 90 each week and almost 13 each day.

High-risk professions, such as law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders, face the possibility of encountering a fatal situation every day. Other professions are also subject to more significant risk of death than the average person may face.

Fatal injuries in the workplace can occur suddenly or as a result of ongoing work-related illness. If a friend, loved one, or co-worker has suffered a fatal work-related injury, it is important to speak with an experienced legal professional about the situation.

Miami Workers' Compensation Attorney for Fatal Injuries

After a fatal injury in the workplace, contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to learn about the survivor benefits that might be available. Contact a workers' compensation attorney for Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas of South Florida to find out more.

The Hoffman Firm has offices conveniently located in Miami in Miami-Dade County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, FL. Call us at (305) 940-2307 to find out more about how an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you through this difficult time.

Fatal Injuries in the Workplace in Miami, Florida

Miami is a major international city with a bustling economy. Many fatal workplace injuries in Miami occur suddenly. Employees working in dangerous environments or with heavy machinery, such as the maritime, shipping, manufacturing, construction or agricultural industries are at greater risk of sustaining a fatal injury.

Each year, thousands of workers sustain fatal injuries either accidentally or as the result of workplace violence. Workplace violence is a rising concern and a certain percentage of work-related deaths annually can be linked to workplace violence.

Occupations that involve the use of hazardous materials may cause long-lasting illnesses such as cancer, skin disease, or lung disease. Not all illnesses are curable, despite medical advances. Therefore, fatalities can sometimes occur as the result of work-related illness or disease.

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Types of Workplace Incidents Resulting in Fatal Injuries in Miami, FL

According to OSHA, more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities in private industry in 2014 occurred in construction. The leading causes of these deaths were:

1.      Falls

2.      Electrocutions

3.      Struck by object

4.      Caught in or between (equipment, machinery, etc)

In addition, OSHA compiled a list of the 10 most common safety violations for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015), which include:

1.      Fall protection – construction

2.      Hazard communication standard – general industry

3.      Scaffolding, general requirements – construction

4.      Respiratory protection – general industry

5.      Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) – general industry

6.      Powered industrial trucks – general industry

7.      Ladders – construction

8.      Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment – general industry

9.      Machinery and Machine Guarding – general requirements

10.  Electrical systems design, general requirements – general industry

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Survivor Death Benefits after a Fatal Workplace Injury in Miami

After the death of a person eligible for workers’ compensation, any person who can show dependency as defined by law might be eligible for certain benefits including a death benefit. To be eligible for the death benefit, the following must be shown:

·         The death was a result of the workplace accident, and

·         Death occurred within one year of accident, or

·         Death occurred within five years of accident if injured person was on continuous disability

If a relative can show dependency, then that relative may be eligible for:

·         Benefits calculated by formula

·         Funeral expenses, and

·         Other available benefits

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Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Labor — Occupational Safety & Health Administration — Common Statistics — Find official government statistics related to deaths in the workplace, as well as links to other topics related to workplace injury and death.

Finding an Attorney for Survivor Death Benefits after a Workplace Injury in Miami

It is impossible to replace a friend or loved one who suffered a fatal injury. However, there are benefits available, such as survivor’s benefits, which may decrease your financial burden. It’s important to discuss your options with a knowledgeable legal professional as soon as possible.

At The Hoffman Firm, we’re here to help you when you need us most. If a friend, co-worker, or loved one has passed from a work-related injury, The Hoffman Firm can explain your options and the possible benefits that may be available. Contact us at (305) 940-2307 today for fast and friendly assistance.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 27, 2016.


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