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What Are a Family’s Rights After a Construction Site Death?

July 25, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

Before working on a construction site, workers should expect to be given the proper training and equipment necessary to do their job safely. Unfortunately, construction workers’ employers do not always provide them the training, procedures and tools they need to maintain a safe working environment.

According to the US Department of Labor, of the 4,175 workers killed on the job in private industry in 2012, 806 – 19.3 percent – were construction workers.

In less than a month, South Florida has seen two construction workers involved in wood chipper accidents on the job. In June, a Davie construction worker was killed after he was pulled into a wood chipper, and in July, a Boca Raton construction worker had to be hospitalized after his arm was caught in a wood chipper while he was working.

According to Local 10 News, while the Boca Raton construction worker survived his accident, his condition remained up in the air following the incident. He was admitted to the trauma unit at Delray Medical Center, and his condition had not been updated at the time of this report.

Is Workers Comp All Families Receive?

In many cases, families have a right to pursue a lawsuit in addition to worker’s compensation benefits. While a lawsuit will not make up for the family’s loss, it can help ease the burdens they could be facing after losing their loved one, including hospital bills, living expenses, lost income and funeral costs.

For over 40 years, the injury lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson have been helping construction accident victims and their families. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call us today.

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