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Woman Dies in Amway Arena Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 19, 2011

A woman who suffered serious injuries while working at Amway Arena has died, according to hospital officials. An investigation into the accident is underway, but early reports claim the 53-year-old victim was struck by falling scaffolding and mortally injured while working for a subcontractor for Cirque du Soleil. Witnesses say the scaffolding fell from a forklift around 10:15 a.m. on May 3 while the victim was working near a loading dock. Coworkers saw the scaffolding begin to fall and tried to alert the victim, but she was unable to react in time. The investigation is ongoing, and charges may be filed pending the results of the investigation.

Many of the details surrounding this accident have not been released, but it is fairly clear that the scaffolding was not properly secured before being lifted into place. There are very explicit workplace regulations in place about working with forklifts, elevating heavy loads of equipment and workplace safety to reduce accidents like this from seriously injuring and killing workers. If investigators find that proper procedures were not followed and a shortcut or oversight led to this fatal accident, the at-fault parties can be held liable for damages.

No damages from a settlement or court award can replace a life, but they can make a huge difference in the lives of the victim’s family and help with the following:

•    Replacing lost wages and supporting dependents
•    Helping defray burial costs
•    Paying hospital bills
•    Offsetting the costs of counseling
•    Other wrongful death damages

Depending on the results of the investigation, the victim’s family may want to consult with an Orlando personal injury attorney such as James O. Cunningham to build a wrongful death case. In situations where a worker is injured in a workplace accident, an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer like Mr. Cunningham can help the victim and his or her family receive the fair and just compensation they need to cover medical bills, physical rehabilitation, lost wages and other costs.

If you or a close family member has been injured on the job and you have questions about your rights and legal options, contact James O. Cunningham at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. He has been helping injured workers since 1977 and has the experience and the resources to build effective cases for his clients. Call today for aggressive, effective legal representation.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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