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Fort Lauderdale, FL - Crane Collapse Tragedy Leaves One Construction Worker Dead and Two Others Injured

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Crane Collapse Tragedy Leaves One Construction Worker Dead and Two Others Injured
Published: April 8, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on April 8, 2024

FL Crane Collapse Accident Occurs During Construction Project

According to the Miami News Times, a section of a crane fell from a high-rise construction project in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 4, 2024, resulting in a tragic accident that claimed one life and left two others hospitalized, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. The accident occurred on the SE 3rd Avenue bridge. 

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. as crane segments were being added to extend the crane's reach at the construction site. Fort Lauderdale Fire Chief Stephen Gollan reported that a platform carrying a large crane piece became unstable and failed, causing the piece to tumble down to the SE 3rd Avenue bridge below.

The deceased victim was identified by Fort Lauderdale police on Friday as 27-year-old Jorge De La Torre, a construction worker who fell from the building site as a result of the accident. The two injured individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The large, light-blue crane section now sits atop a crushed vehicle on the SE 3rd Avenue bridge as investigators work to determine the cause of the fatal incident. The construction project, located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was left with a partly constructed building and a scene of devastation.

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Legal Rights Unveiled for Crane Collapse Victims and Their Families

In the aftermath of a devastating crane accident, understanding one's legal rights and seeking accountability becomes paramount. We had the opportunity to sit down with experienced personal injury attorney Michael Haggard, who handles Florida construction accidents, to discuss the available legal options for victims and their families. In this enlightening interview, Mr. Haggard shares valuable insights on navigating the legal process, holding negligent parties responsible, and seeking compensation in the face of tragedy.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Michael. What are the legal options for the families of the victims in a tragic crane accident?

Michael Haggard, Esq. (MH): This is a devastating situation, and my heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones. In cases like this, families of deceased victims may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This can help cover funeral expenses, lost income, and other damages.

DM: And what about individuals who were injured? What recourse do they have?

MH: Those injured in crane accidents may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties. This could include the construction company, crane operator, or others whose negligence contributed to the accident. They may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

DM: How do you determine who is liable in a crane accident case?

MH: Liability can be complex in these situations, as it often involves multiple parties. Investigators will need to thoroughly examine the equipment, maintenance records, and construction site procedures to identify any failures or oversights that led to the collapse. Once the responsible parties are identified, they can be held accountable through the legal system.

DM: What advice would you give to construction accident victims and their families as they navigate their legal options?

MH: My advice would be to seek the guidance of an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible. They can help ensure that the victims' rights are protected and that they receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to. This can provide some measure of justice and financial security during a truly tragic time.

Crane Accident Victims Can Seek Justice and Compensation

If you or a loved one have been affected by a crane collapse or other construction accident, we encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. Our team of dedicated legal professionals is committed to fighting for justice and securing the maximum compensation to help you and your family during this difficult time.


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