Maintenance Worker Killed by Glass Table Top at Flamingo South Beach
A maintenance worker was killed on South Beach Friday night when he was struck by a table top that flew off of on of the building’s balconies due to the high winds South Florida experienced that night. The unnamed man was working on repairing the electric gate for the building’s parking garage when he was struck by the table. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
It is unknown who the victim was working for and under Florida Statute chapter 440.11 his employer would only have to provide bi-weekly death benefits to his financial dependents equal to 2/3 of his average weekly wage up to the One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) statutory cap.
However, Florida Statutes chapter 440.39 allows the victim’s family to have a negligence claim (which is not capped at $150,000.00) against the unit occupant or owner who failed to properly secure the table thereby allowing it to be picked up and thrown down an estimate 90 feet sticking the victim.
Additionally, if he was not working for The Flamingo South Beach which is managed by AIMCO and was working for a contractor hired by the Flamingo South Beach his family may have an additional negligence claim against AIMCO and/or The Florida South Beach which would also not be capped at $150,000.00.
In a case like this there are many possible claims to financially compensate the victim’s family for the death of their loved one in this preventable accident.
Should you or any of your loved ones be involved in a wrongful death accident like this please do not hesitate to call an experienced wrongful death lawyer, James D. Payer, Esquire. All consultations are free and confidential.