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Workers' compensation could provide death benefits to family

Most Florida residents who work do so in order to provide for their families. If they should die due to on-the-job accidents, their families may be left without sources of income and incur significant expenses associated with their losses. Florida's workers' compensation system could provide death benefits to these families to help with the financial impact of the losses of their loved ones.

A recent accident at a construction site in South Florida has left a family without one of its members. He was working at an apartment construction site. The scaffolding on which he was working was said to be hanging precariously from the building and is suspected to not have been level. A cement truck was parked underneath it, and when it pulled out, it appears to have snagged on a cable holding up the scaffolding.

Even though the worker was wearing a safety harness, he fell several stories and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Authorities in Miami Beach declared the incident an accident, and no criminal charges are expected. Even so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct its own investigation into the man's death and take appropriate action if the circumstances warrant.

In the meantime, the family of the 47-year-old construction worker could apply for workers' compensation benefits to help with his burial and the loss of his income. The process can be complex and frustrating, however. It might be beneficial for the family to seek the advice and assistance of a Florida attorney who is familiar with the process to help ensure that the family members receive all of the benefits to which they might be entitled.

Source: wsvn.com, "Construction worker killed in accident in Miami Beach", Sheldon Fox, Aug. 17, 2016

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