Family of Construction Worker Killed in Miami Beach Demolition Accident Files Lawsuit
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to all employees to cover the costs associated with accidental injuries that happen on the job. Whether or not your employer’s negligence was the cause of the accident, you are entitled to file a claim for workers’ comp. Your employer, through their workers’ compensation insurance company, will cover the medical expenses for your treatment, whether your injuries are minor, catastrophic, or anywhere in between. Death benefits are even available to the families of employees killed in workplace accidents. If you are involved in a dispute with your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company about coverage for a work-related injury, contact a South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.
The South Beach Demolition Gone Disastrously Wrong
On July 23, 2018, a building that had once housed the Marlborough House condominiums at 5700 Collins Avenue was demolished. The building was built in 1961 and was once the site of luxury South Beach residences, but it had stood vacant for some time before the scheduled demolition, the purpose of which was to make room to build a new luxury condominium building. The company in charge of the project was Winmar Construction, and it had subcontracted with AlliedBean Demolition. Originally, the companies had applied for a permit for a gradual demolition, but somewhere along the way, the plan seems to have changed to a conventional demolition, in which the building implodes all at once.
Samuel “Ty” Landis, 42, was working as a project manager at the demolition site. The demolition started gradually, but then the building imploded all at once. The implosion sent debris flying in every direction, causing several blocks of Collins Avenue to shut down. A piece of debris fell on Landis, severing his leg and pinning him to the ground. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries two weeks later. A rescue mission did not find any other injured people trapped in the rubble.
A lawsuit filed by Landis’ family alleges that the permit was only for a gradual demolition not an implosion and that the responsible companies went forward with the implosion after the city of Miami Beach repeatedly denied their requests. The lawsuit names Winmar Construction and AlliedBean Demolition as defendants. According to the lawsuit, the city denied the companies’ requests for an implosion permit because of the associated safety hazards. When a building implodes in a populated area, it is virtually impossible to guarantee that workers will not be injured by flying debris. Despite that they knew about the hazards, the companies not only recklessly demolished the building, but they even encouraged passersby to stay and watch the implosion.
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The settlements offered by your employer for work injuries that heal completely in a relatively short time are usually sufficient. Permanent injuries tend to be so expensive that you require a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you get the compensation you need. Contact a Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld for a consultation on your case.