Losing a loved one due to an on-the-job accident is difficult enough, but when a family loses an income that they counted on and has to pay for funeral and burial expenses as well, the financial toll can make the loss even more of a burden to bear. Florida’s workers’ compensation system may provide death benefits to eligible surviving family members that could help with those financial burdens. Obtaining those benefits could be problematic without the right help.
For instance, the families of two paramedics who recently died in a motor vehicle crash are likely confronting a number of financial issues alongside their grief. Their loved ones were on their way back to their station after dropping off a patient at a local hospital. As they headed west in an ambulance, another vehicle attempted to make a U-turn directly into the path of the ambulance.
Two witnesses to the accident attempted to help the victims, but they were trapped in the vehicle. Emergency responders had to free them before any medical intervention could be attempted. Sadly, both paramedics succumbed to the injuries they suffered in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that pulled out in front of the ambulance suffered critical injuries. Some infer that inadequacies in the way the road was constructed contributed to the accident.
Even as families seek workers’ compensation benefits in the aftermath the death of a loved one in a work-related accident, that might not be the only source of restitution available. Third parties could also bear some legal responsibility. Consulting with a Florida workers’ compensation attorney about the situation could reveal that a lawsuit may be appropriate, depending on the underlying circumstances.
Source: palmbeachpost.com, “UPDATE: Paramedics who died in Jupiter crash identified“, Conner Mitchell, Olivia Hitchcock and Bill DiPaolo, June 1, 2017