You May Be Entitled To Workers' Comp Benefits If You Lost A Loved One In A Fatal Workplace Accident

If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Georgia or if your spouse has died because of complications arising from a work-related illness or disability, pursuing workers' compensation benefits is probably the last thing on your mind.

At The Law Offices of Gary M. Kazin, I know that no amount of money can make up for the loss of a life. But workers' compensation benefits can help ease the financial burden your family may be feeling. My law firm will help you pursue death benefits through the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation.

What Are Workers' Compensation "Death Benefits?"

An employer — through workers' compensation coverage — in Georgia may be liable for compensating the surviving dependents of an employee who was fatally injured in a workplace accident or one who died as a result of injuries that aggravated a pre-existing disease or health condition.

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You may also be entitled to death benefits, or survivor benefits, if a work-related injury aggravated your loved one's pre-existing disease or health condition. However, you and your lawyer will need to show evidence that the work environment or job tasks were directly responsible. Typically, this requires showing that the person died on the job site or employment was the "precipitating causative factor" in the death.

The employer's insurance carrier may have several obligations to surviving family members, including:

  • Payment for reasonable burial expenses, up to $7,500
  • Payment of medical bills directly related to the fatal injury or work-related health condition

To qualify for death benefits, you must show that you maintained a "dependent" status prior to the worker's death. A dependent is defined as one who looks to another for support or who is dependent on another for the ordinary necessities of life to which he or she has become accustomed.

A Long History Of Helping Families After Fatal Work Accidents

In my more than 30 years of legal practice, I have developed a successful record helping many families receive the benefits and money they were entitled to after the death of a loved one. I can help you.

Call for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your loved one's fatal accident or death. I will explain the law and help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Pursuing your legal options will cost you nothing — I do not charge a fee unless I am able to obtain workers' comp benefits on your behalf.

From my offices in Decatur and Atlanta, I provide Georgia workers' compensation claims services for workers in the Atlanta metro area and communities throughout Georgia. Call 866-397-5116 or contact me online for a free consultation.