Florida On the Job Injury Caused By Condo Collapse

The downtown Berkman Plaza condominium project was abruptly halted in December 2007, when a parking garage collapsed killing one worker. Now the condo owner is suing six subcontractors for at least $36 million in damages.

The six are accused of violating Florida’s building codes that led to the six-story garage collapsing, killing 26-year-old Willie Edwards, a single father of two, who was found under five feet of debris and two foot of concrete. 23 others were injured.

In the lawsuits, Berkman’s lawyers say the delay in construction has cost the company at least $36 million dollars.

The Florida Times-Union reports that one subcontractor, Choate Construction Co., was not sued because its contract states that any claims are to be handled through binding arbitration and mediation.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also found nine violations and fined several contractors $193,000 for flaws in construction and design.

No word yet on whether there are any other lawsuits pending by the family of the deceased man or the 23 others who were injured when the garage collapsed.

In order to sue your employer, you need an experienced attorney to help you prove that the employer knew of the dangers present on the work site and may have concealed them. Clearly in the case of Berkman plaza, they failed to take reasonable precautions to protect the employees. The citations by OSHA prove there were violations that the employer knew or should have known existed.

Accidents on the job in Florida are supposed to be covered by Workers’ Compensation. But sometimes employees are denied workers comp and are afraid for their job, so they convince themselves that injuries can occur in almost any job setting and it’s okay. If you have been denied the Workers’ compensation you deserve after an on-the-job injury, please contact our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville today to help you understand your rights.