Helping Family Members With Fatal Work Injury Claims
Losing a loved one under any circumstances is traumatic. When that person was a wage earner, the family must face additional concerns. Despite your grief, you must consider how your family will pay expenses caused by the death, as well as your bills in the future. Will you have enough money to pay the mortgage? Will you be able to support your family without your loved one’s salary?
This is when the help of an experienced lawyer is essential. I am attorney David Garner. I understand that you are going through a very difficult time, and will treat you and your family with care. You can rely on me to work hard so that you receive the workers’ compensation death benefits you need.
Your Family Will Need Compensation To Pay The Bills
When a worker in Georgia dies on the job, the presumption is that a work injury caused the death. Some of the most common causes of worker deaths include:
- Cardiac injuries
- Ladder or crane falls
- Falling equipment
- Work vehicle accidents
- Equipment malfunctions
Surviving dependents are entitled to death benefits after a family member dies from a work injury. Families typically receive death benefits of $7,500 for burial expenses. In addition, dependents receive compensation for the loss of income the family suffers.
Your family’s situation will be unique. Generally, the spouse, children and dependent stepchildren are entitled to receive an amount based on two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage (AWW) or a maximum of $525 per week. There are limits on the amount of time dependents may receive benefits.