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Fatal Workplace Accidents

Compassionate Florida Lawyers Advocating for Families After Workplace Fatalities in South Florida and Surrounding Areas

Fatal Workplace AccidentsFatal workplace accidents are devastating events that leave families struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. These accidents can occur in various industries and under different circumstances, often involving severe incidents that could have been prevented by the employer and oftentimes others at the location. The Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A., provide compassionate legal support to families affected by fatal workplace accidents, helping them seek justice and compensation for their loss.

For more than 45 years, our injury lawyers have proudly stood at the side of accident victims across South Florida, helping them recover compensation for what they have endured because of a workplace injury. Our team understands the complexities of fatal Miami workplace accident cases and is committed to guiding you through the complicated legal process. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, reach out to Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada to discuss your case and learn how we can help you during this difficult time. Call us at (877) 448-8585 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

The Rate of Fatal Workplace Accidents in Florida

According to the most recent data, 5,486 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2022, a 5.7-percent increase from 5,190 in 2021. Specifically, 307 fatal work injuries were reported in Florida in 2022. While there are many types of workplace accidents, Florida transportation incidents resulted in 102 fatal work injuries, making it the leading cause of workplace deaths. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for 78 fatalities, making these incidents the second most common cause of workplace deaths in the state.

These two significant categories combined accounted for 59 percent of all fatal workplace injuries in Florida. Although worker deaths from transportation incidents decreased from 111 in the previous year, fatalities due to falls, slips, and trips increased from 69. Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the third-most frequent cause of fatal work events, resulting in 53 fatalities, down from 59 in the prior year.

These statistics reveal the risks in different work environments in Miami and across Florida. The rise in fatal injuries emphasizes the need for workplace safety and legal support after such events. If you've lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, it's crucial to seek legal help as soon as possible to handle the workers' compensation claim and secure the monetary compensation damages that the family members deserve.

Workers' Compensation Benefits for Fatal Workplace Accidents in Florida

Under Florida law, workers' compensation provides several benefits to the dependents of workers who suffer fatal injuries on the job. These benefits are designed to offer financial support and cover necessary expenses following the loss of a loved one.

Death Benefits

The Workers' compensation system is designed to provide death benefits to the dependents of the deceased worker. These benefits include the following:

  • Funeral Expenses: The law covers up to $7,500 in funeral expenses for the deceased Florida worker.
  • Weekly Compensation: Dependents can receive up to 66.67% of the deceased worker's average weekly wage, subject to state maximum limits. These benefits help replace the income lost due to the worker's death and are crucial for maintaining financial stability for the family.
  • Educational Benefits: Spouses of deceased workers may be eligible for educational benefits to help them pursue the training or education necessary to re-enter the workforce.

These benefits aim to provide financial support and stability during a difficult time for the family.

Eligibility for Dependents

The dependents eligible for workers' compensation benefits typically include the spouse, children, and, in some cases, other family members who were financially dependent on the deceased worker. Children are eligible for benefits until they reach the age of 18 or 22 if they are full-time students. If a child is unable to support themselves due to a physical or mental disability, they may receive benefits for a longer period.

The Workers' Compensation Process in Miami

The dependents must file a claim with the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier to receive death benefits. This process involves submitting the necessary documentation to prove the relationship to the deceased worker and the extent of financial dependency. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help guide you through this process, ensuring that all required paperwork is accurately completed and submitted on time.

Have You Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Florida Work Accident?

For more than 45 years, the dedicated Miami worker’s compensation lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada have served Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, and all of South Florida, standing alongside accident victims and their families. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate legal support and ensuring your rights are protected and pursued. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call the Miami workers’ compensation lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada at (305) 448-8585. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form.

Client Reviews
Carolyn Frank and her firm represented me on a workers compensation injury case, under the defense base act. She did a excellent job from the moment I contacted her until 3 years later the case was settled. Every benefit I was entitled too, Carolyn fought hard to secure. E-mails and phone calls were always returned promptly. Definitely 5 star rating. Daniel
I can't express how grateful I am for Elizabeth Estrada, attorney, and Elizabeth Cantin, secretary, for all the hard work in order to defend me in my time of need. My lawyer and secretary spent time explaining each step and what was to be expected. Because of this I felt a part of the whole process and understood what was going on. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
 Nicole D.
Attorney Elizabeth Estrada did an amazing job representing one of my family members. She is knowledgeable, genuine, trustworthy, and one of the most hard working attorneys that I know. She was readily available to assist my family member throughout the entire process. I felt confident my family was in great hands. Krystine C.

Carolyn is very professional. Honest since the beginning of the process till the end. She set up a game plan with you at the consultation and makes it happen. Peterlee G.
I would like to thank the staff of Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A. The staff is professional. My attorney, Ronald Rodman, was responsive towards my email and a great advocate on my behalf for my car accident. I highly recommend this office. I hope that I will not get in a car accident again, but if I do, I'm calling Mr. Rodman. Orlando R.