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Work-related motor vehicle accident kills construction worker

Florida construction workers and their families are keenly aware that there is a certain amount of risk in their chosen profession. Given the nature of the work with heavy equipment, large vehicles, working at significant heights and the physical nature of it, accidents can happen that lead to injuries and death. One of the worst calls that a family member can receive about a loved one is that they have been killed in a work-related accident. When this happens, there will be a number of things that must be done, including considering a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to a recent report, a 46-year-old construction worker died when he was hit by a cement truck. The incident occurred at shortly after 5:00 a.m. when the man was standing on the exit ramp and moving a traffic sign from one shoulder to the other. Emergency personnel were called and the man was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. The cement truck was not working on the same project that this construction worker was at the time of the work-related motor vehicle accident.

According to Florida workers' compensation law, families of those who are killed in an accident at work have the right to receive benefits. They can receive as much as $150,000 in death benefits, as well as $7,500 for a funeral. This is also true if the person died from a condition suffered from as a result of the work and the death happened within five years. If there is an accident and the person initially survives but eventually dies as a result of it, there can benefits. Family members who can receive death benefits include the spouse, a child, a parent, a sibling or a grandchild. These people must be dependent with support provided regularly and reasonably believed to be continuing for the future.

When there is the loss of a loved one in a work accident, those who have been affected need to know their rights. They must also make certain that there is a full investigation conducted and proof of the incident in the event that litigation is necessary.

Source: tcpalm.com, "Crash kills construction worker on I-95 near Fellsmere," Laurie K. Blandford, Jan. 19, 2017

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