The loss of an employee’s life is devastating and tragic to everyone.Unfortunately, the death of an employee as a result of a workplace accident occurs often in Georgia. These work-related deaths include construction accidents, car collision fatalities, and even workplace violence. Most workplace deaths occur in high risk job sectors that involve hazardous material, dangerous conditions, or large equipment. However, work-related deaths may be caused by faulty equipment, unsafe surroundings, or the negligence of others.
In the tragic event of an employee’s death, the Employer/Insurance Company may be responsible for the employee’s burial and funeral expenses. Moreover, the Employer/Insurance Company may be responsible for weekly income benefits made payable to the Employee’s spouse (husband or wife), children, or other relatives or people who depended on the employee for financial support. If there are no dependents, the Employer/Insurance Company may pay $10,000 to the state’s registry.
No amount of money is worth the value of an employee’s life. However, in the event of a workplace death, the workers’ compensation benefits are generally received by the employee’s dependents such as his wife, her husband or children. In some cases the spousal benefits will last until the spouse remarries. In cases where the benefits vest in the children, the benefits may last until the youngest child reaches 18 years of age.
Regrettably, workplace fatalities occur throughout Georgia, including the Metro-Atlanta counties of Barrow, Bartow, DeKalb, Fulton, Fayette, Forsyth, Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Paulding, Hall, Walton, Newton, Henry, and Douglas, but also Coweta, Baldwin, Bibb, Thomas, Laurens, Mitchell, and Houston counties. The Ramos Law Firm attorneys have handled numerous death claims and are very well-versed in the law surrounding the dependency benefits owed to the decedent employee’s spouse, children, and others who may have relied on the employee for financial stability.
In today’s age, there are often questions about the legitimacy of children and the rightful entitlement of workers’ compensation benefits. There are also questions about partial dependency with relation to step-children, ex-wives, former husbands, and non-relatives who may stake claim to the workers’ compensation benefits. The lawyers at the Ramos Law Firm have successfully litigated all sides of the death claim for their clients. Additionally, the Ramos Law Firm has been a financial contributor to Kids’ Chance of Georgia, an organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the children of Georgia workers who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in work-related accidents.
For more information on coping and handling the death of an employee, please contact our attorneys.