A 41-year-old man died in a construction accident the morning of Thursday, June 21 at Lakes Regional Park.
According to South Trail Fire & Rescue District, the man had been operating a “skyboom” at the park entrance. Workers were painting a stationary arch entrance sign. Somehow, the worker ended up pinned between the boom and an overhead railing. He died at the scene.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into the incident, and the local sheriff’s office continues to investigate, as well. The call for service came in at about 8:52 a.m. that morning.
Multiple options when injured on the job
When you suffer an injury in the workplace, or if you have a loved one who died from a workplace accident, you have two different legal options: either file a worker’s compensation claim or a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
A worker’s compensation claim is the route you will want to go if there was no liable party for the accident, or you were liable for your own injury. Worker’s compensation covers all types of injuries in the workplace. There is still a somewhat complicated claims process involved, but your attorney can guide you through it to maximize your chances of success.
Lawsuits, such as personal injury or wrongful death claims, are only for circumstances in which you claim another party caused the accident due to negligent behavior or some sort. You may be able to get more compensation through this type of claim, but you also must be able to prove liability on the part of the other party.
For further guidance on how to proceed with your case, consult a trusted Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.