Many Florida residents may feel as if their jobs become so routine that they can almost do them without thinking. In many occupations, however, there may be no such thing as a routine day, as any unforeseen problem could result in a serious injury that requires one to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Recently, one man discovered that what may have started as a minor inconvenience could endanger his life-long passion.
The 50-year-old man was operating his street-sweeping machine as he had been doing for the past 17 years. He noticed a commercial tire lying in the path ahead of his machine. As he approached slowly, preparing to stop to remove the item from the cleaner’s path, his machine pulled the tire into its mechanism. The worker shut down the sweeper part of the machine, but the object was lodged in the gears.
The man grasped the tire to yank it out. Unfortunately, the pressure from the suction instantly pulled his closest arm into the gears once the tire was freed. His arm was immediately crushed by the grinding motion. He was able to use his free arm to call his supervisor on his cellular phone. Help was summoned from emergency responders, and he was freed and rushed to a nearby trauma center.
According to the reports, the machine broke his arm and caused extensive nerve damage. The worker stated that he is also a professional drummer and is worried that his musical career may be over due to the damage he suffered. However, he may file a claim for benefits from his state’s workers’ compensation program. Florida residents who likewise suffer a serious work-related injury may also file these claims. In order to ensure that such claims are handled efficiently, one may seek the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: nydailynews.com, “NYC worker injured by street sweeper feared for drumming career“, Thomas Tracy, Jan. 31, 2018