Recently, a 53-year-old road construction worker from Hialeah died after a dump truck backed into him on Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach. Witnesses stated Ricardo Corrales walked behind a truck driven by 43-year-old Emis Mauricio Martin-Rojas as the vehicle backed up during a road resurfacing project. At the time of the accident, Martin-Rojas was reportedly following the signals of a flag operator who was running alongside the vehicle on the ground. The driver of the dump truck apparently stopped after he realized he hit something and found Corrales lying on the roadway in critical condition.
Although Corrales was immediately taken to the North Broward Medical Center by emergency crews, he soon died as a result of his injuries. East Hillsboro Boulevard was closed for approximately two hours following the incident. The accident is currently under investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Construction sites of any kind can be hazardous for workers. Each year, thousands of construction employees are hurt or killed on the job in Florida. Due to the dangerous nature of the work, construction accidents are usually quite serious and a worker may become permanently disabled as a result of his or her injuries. Common construction worker injuries include falls, burns, electrical accidents, internal injuries, and other harms that can result from the use of defective machinery or tools. Workers may also suffer broken bones, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and, as was unfortunately the case in this instance, wrongful death.
In Florida, workers’ compensation laws generally provide the only avenue of recovery for employees who are hurt on the job regardless of who was responsible for the injury. Still, an employer’s insurance company will often refuse to provide an injured worker with the maximum compensation he or she is entitled to. Some important exceptions to the exclusive remedy law do exist. In some instances, an injured construction worker may have a claim against a third party such as an equipment manufacturer, contractor, or property owner. If you were injured while working at a construction site, it is a good idea to consult with a skilled Florida construction accident attorney as soon as you are able.
At Lazarus & Lazarus, P.A., our knowledgeable Broward County construction accident lawyers are familiar with the pain and uncertainty that often accompanies an accidental injury. Our experienced construction accident attorneys are available to assist you in obtaining the damages you deserve based on your injuries. The law firm of Lazarus & Lazarus represents clients throughout Florida including Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Weston, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact Lazarus & Lazarus through our website or call us today at (954) 356-0006.
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