Every occupation comes with its own set of risks regardless of whether done here in Florida or elsewhere in the country. Even knowing those risks and taking safety precautions does not always prevent fatal accidents from happening. Regardless, losing a loved one due to a work accident is devastating under any circumstances. The sudden financial losses that come with it are unexpected and can cause significant strain for a family. In many of these circumstances, surviving family members are entitled to benefits from Florida’s workers’ compensation system.
For example, a tragedy recently occurred in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. Witnesses heard a man screaming, but by the time they got to him, it was too late. The unidentified man — who was estimated by police to be in his late 40s or early 50s — was a street sweeper. When something got hung up in the machine, he pulled over to take care of the problem.
Somehow, he got entangled in the machine and suffered fatal injuries. It is not yet known what went wrong. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called in to conduct an investigation into the incident. The agency’s findings may answer some questions for his family, but it will not bring him back to them.
The results of the investigation will also not necessarily replace the financial losses the family incurred in the aftermath of his death. Workers’ compensation benefits may help relieve at least some of the burden, but obtaining those benefits could be a challenge for a grieving family. A Florida attorney may be particularly useful in this regard since he or she can advocate on the family’s behalf in their time of need and sorrow.
Source: CBS News, “"It’s horrific": Street sweeper killed in tragic freak accident in Florida“, June 11, 2017