On November 5th, 2013, Collier County Police arrested Joel Trujillo for not having workers’ compensation insurance available to the employees of his company, K.C. Tile and Marble. Failure to provide workers’ compensation insurance is a third degree felony under Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes.
Back in June, two employees of K.C. Tile and Marble were working at a construction site when they were struck by lightning. One employee survived; the other did not.
Because of the employer’s failure to secure workers’ compensation coverage for its employees, the family of the worker who died was not able to collect death benefits which would have potentially been available to them under workers’ compensation. These benefits include funeral expenses up to $7,500.00, compensation to dependents, and benefits to the surviving spouse, up to a maximum of $150,000.00. The surviving employee would have been entitled to medical care and lost wage benefits. Although the details of the employee’s injury have not been released, lightning strikes have the potential to cause severe burns, cardiac arrest, and neurological impairment. Continue reading →