Understanding Your Rights if Your Loved One was Killed on the Job
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always tragic. When the cause of losing this person is due to a work-related accident, it is no different. In many cases, those killed on the job are the main source of income for their household. Now, they must combine the loss of their loved one with the loss of income, as if this period in life isn’t stressful enough already. The last thing a family needs to worry about is their financials when already struggling with the death of someone they love.
If your loved one is killed on the job due to someone else’s negligence, your family may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek justice and compensation from the party/parties responsible.
Understanding Georgia Law
In the state of Georgia, the workers’ compensation system prevents workers or family members from suing employers for injuries or deaths caused by a work-related accident. However, they may be able to seek compensation from third parties who may have played a role in the accident resulting in injury or death.
The worker’s family may not be able to file a lawsuit against their loved one’s employer, but Georgia’s workers’ compensation system does provide benefits to their family in order to help compensate them during their loss. Dependents of the worker will be given two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage or a maximum of $550.00 per week. If the worker leaves a widowed spouse who has no children, they are limited to a total amount of $220,000, unless the widower remarries. Other benefits given include up to $7,500 for funeral expenses.
Those who can receive Georgia workers’ compensation death benefits include a surviving spouse, minor children, and dependent stepchildren.
Keep in mind, that as with all workers’ compensation claims, the employer and their insurers may dispute the family’s right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you are in this situation, the best thing you can do is to hire an experienced attorney, like Bruce Edwards.
The Bruce Edwards Law Firm has built a reputation in Douglas, Georgia as an honest and dedicated attorney. We have helped numerous clients in the area get the compensation they need from job-related injuries and auto accidents without all the headache of going through the red tape. Call the Bruce Edwards Law Firm today at 912-384-5700 and let us represent you.