Miami Fire Rescue has reported that a pair of construction workers died the morning of Sunday, February 4, in an accident at a construction site on Interstate 95.
According to first responders, the accident happened close to the Northwest 62nd Street exits just before 3 a.m. During the accident, a concrete barrier wall collapsed, falling on top of individuals working in the center median and crushing them beneath the load. Coworkers said the victims were in their 20s, and that at the time of the accident, they were working to repair some drainage pipes.
Express lanes had to be closed down for hours after the accident as investigators sorted through what happened and as crews worked to clear the site.
What to do after a construction accident
Anyone who suffers an injury while on the job at a construction site may get some form of compensation. Depending on the circumstances of the accident that caused the injury, the path to seeking that compensation may be challenging.
For example, a person who was involved in an accident with an undetermined cause or that was caused by his or her own error may seek workers’ compensation benefits by filing a claim. There are certain protocols an employee must follow when making these claims, and working with an attorney helps increase the chances for success.
If the accident was due to the negligence of an employer or another party, the employee could file a personal injury claim against that responsible party. For example, perhaps an employer did not provide enough safety training or equipment. Or, maybe the manufacturer of equipment failed to notice a design flaw that made the equipment defective. These are two common examples of issues in personal injury claims stemming from construction site accidents.
For more information on the best way to proceed after suffering a workplace injury, meet with an experienced Florida accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.