What happens if a worker dies on the job?

We are sorry if your loved one suffered from an occupational death.

We are committed to helping you gain understanding, fair treatment, and benefits during such a painful time.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia had 193 fatal workplace injuries in 2020. Transportation incidents accounted for 41 percent of fatal injuries, while other common causes of workplace fatalities included falls, slips and trips, and deadly contact with workplace objects and equipment.

When a Georgia worker dies on the job or because of a work-related injury, employers are responsible for paying for funeral and burial expenses up to $7,500 and corresponding medical care. Generally, the fatally injured employee’s spouse or dependents would receive the income benefits. Unfortunately, even though a loss of life is a tragedy, insurance companies limit their legal obligations by: (1) examining the nature and cause of the accident and (2) potentially contesting the status of the spouse and legal dependents.

Case Study

A Georgia worker fell from scaffolding, suffered a head injury, and was rushed to Wellstar Hospital. After two days at Wellstar, he died from his head injuries. The employer and insurance carrier are responsible for the ambulance and associated medical care related to the employee’s fall. Generally, if the Georgia worker has a spouse or minor children, the income benefits related to the workplace accident should flow to them as they may be considered dependents.

If there are no legal dependents, then the employer must pay the State Board of Workers’ Compensation “one-half of the benefits which would have been payable” to the dependent or $10,000, whichever is less. See O.C.G.A. § 34-9-358(a).

As you can see, the employer and insurance company have financial incentives to limit their responsibilities to the worker’s family.

Ramos & Law has handled several death claims with dignity and care. If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, we will help you through the process. Please schedule a free consultation or call us at (770) 637-0105.


Client-Focused Representation

Unlike many workers' compensation law firms, our Firm’s focus is on the injured worker’s current well-being, best possible recovery, and life after the claim. If Ramos & Law accepts your case, we will put your interests before ours. As a client, you will have a dedicated legal team working to provide you with the best possible options for you and your family. You will not be “just another client." We will understand your medical care plan and create options for having the best quality of life during and after the claim.

Driven By Honesty

At Ramos & Law, we pride ourselves on making a genuine connection with our clients. We will not promise you miracles or provide you with a “sales pitch.” We believe that if you have been injured at work, the last thing you need is someone who will be dishonest with you. If we accept your case, that means we believe in you, and we believe we can help you maximize your claim. It means we will care about you and your family, and we will stand up in court for you. If we do not recover for you, we do not get paid.

Client Reviews & Testimonials


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