At Kaufman Law, P.C., our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience helping Georgians with survivor benefit actions. We can explore your rights as surviving family members with you, discuss your legal options, and assist you in the filing of workers’ compensation and/or other types of claims in pursuit of recovery after the unexpected death of a loved one. Call (404) 355-4000 to find out how we can help you.
What Are Survivor Benefits?
Survivor benefits are compensation that the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation provides to certain members of a deceased employee’s family. If a dependent qualifies for survivor benefits, the law entitles him/her to the following:
- Medical expense reimbursement for the workers’ final injury.
- Burial expenses up to $7,500.
- Weekly wage payments of two-thirds the deceased person’s average weekly wage, up to $575 per week.
- A minimum of $50 per week, or, if less than $50 per week, the actual weekly wage.
- Weekly wages payments until the spouse remarries or openly cohabits with someone of the opposite sex.
- Up to $280,000 maximum benefits if the dependent is a widowed spouse with no children.
Survivor benefits will continue only while the recipient remains dependent on the deceased person’s income. A “dependent” is anyone who relies on the deceased person for support. This can include a surviving spouse (who had not voluntarily abandoned the decedent at the time of the accident), unmarried children under the age of 18 (or under the age of 22 if the child is a full-time student or incapable of self-support). Partial dependents may be eligible if no full dependents exist. If more than one dependent exists, the board will apportion weekly benefits among the dependents.
Work Related Fatalities in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta serves as the headquarter location for many major corporations, with the 10th largest economy in the country and 18th in the world. Performing job-related duties in Atlanta might expose workers to serious health and safety hazards – either by the nature of the work or from someone else’s negligence. While some industries are more dangerous than others, fatal accidents can occur in any workplace.
In Georgia, 180 workers died on the job in 2015. This was an increase of almost 30 deaths from the 152 that died in 2014. Nationwide, there were 4,836 fatalities in the American workforce in 2015. The loved ones of deceased workers in Georgia likely qualify for survivor benefits.
How to File a Claim for Survivor Benefits in Atlanta
Work-related deaths are tragedies. The last thing on survivors’ minds may be how much workers’ compensation laws entitle them to receive. However, claiming this type of benefit can provide an important means of recovery during a time of extreme personal and financial loss. Your loved one’s employer should file the workers’ compensation claim on the decedent’s behalf, at which time the investigation will uncover the existence of qualifying dependents. If you encounter any issues, delays, or denials with your Atlanta claim, come to Kaufman Law, P.C. for assistance right away. Our team can make sure you recover the maximum amount for your loved one’s unexpected passing. Get in touch today to request a free initial consultation.