Can I Get Workers’ Comp for a Lightning Strike Injury?

May 29, 2015

Tragically, on May 13, a construction worker was killed in Lee County by a lightning strike at a worksite.

According to WBBH-TV, the incident occurred at about 3 p.m., when lightning hit the roofer directly in the head, knocking him unconscious. The employee was reportedly working on the roof of a site and was heading towards a ladder when the incident occurred. The bolt allegedly transferred to another worker after striking the victim, causing injuries to the other man.

The victim was allegedly working for D. Peck Roofing, Inc. A representative with the company said that the workers were trying to leave the roof and head to safety when the lightning strike occurred.

How Can a Central Florida Construction Accident Attorney Help Me?

If you are ever injured or your loved one is killed in a Florida construction accident, speak to our attorney. Cases involving lightning strikes or ‘acts of God’ can lead to complex litigation, as defense attorneys try to skirt employer responsibility for placing workers in danger.

By contacting our workplace injury attorney, he can investigate your case and determine if your employer placed you at risk or if you have a claim. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation, or if your loved one died, potentially, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Your employer has a duty to look into weather reports or have plans in place in the event that there is bad weather—Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States.

Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for more information about Orlando injury law. In the past, workers and theme park patrons have been able to file lawsuits in Florida due to lightning strike injuries.



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