When our firm received a call that a worker pulling up plywood on a new townhouse construction project had died, we went to the scene. In St. Petersburg, FL we were able to canvas the site and find the building permits to identify the company to pursue for death benefits. Learning from the employer that he did not care about the death and would not pay benefits, only increased our desire to obtain benefits for the children of the deceased. Every life has benefit and every life deserves respect. This firm spoke with the owner of the project who agreed to contact the employer about the accident.
Javier Ruiz from our firm filed a claim for benefits in the State of Florida Workers Compensation Courts and after one year of litigation a settlement was reached which had to be approved through the Guardianship Court as the deceased was survived by three minor children. In the State of Florida, $150,000.00 is the maximum payment for an on the job death. After obtaining Court approvals these proceeds can be disburse to help raise 3 minor children who are forever without the aid and support of their father.
It is our unwavering commitment to those who have no voice that drives our passion to help. We travel and fight for those who would be left without a voice, left without a remedy. We are a better society for helping those that come here to help us perform our construction. These are people who work to have money to send home for their children. We will not ignore indigent children because they have to eat, grow and learn all without a father who worked until his death to support them.
It is the right thing to do and are proud to have a law firm that cares and goes the extra step when others don’t. Congratulations to Javier Ruiz and Scott Bugay who collaborated to accomplish this.