In August, a Georgia Department of Transportation Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO) program officer was injured during the course of his job duties when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. According to the report, the officer, Moses King, was working at an accident site on a busy highway when a car struck him; he has recently died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the August accident. The program is mourning the loss of King, who was highly regarded and considered an asset. Sadly, King has become yet another statistic in workplace accidents and job-related deaths.
Survivor Benefits Available Through Workers’ Compensation
Because King was injured during the course of his employment, his survivors are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from his employer. Though money can never replace a loved one, the benefits may help to make things a little easier on his survivors, at least from a financial standpoint. In Georgia, survivors’ benefits available as a part of workers’ compensation include money for burial expenses up to $7,500 as well as workers’ compensation benefits. These weekly benefits amounts are calculated according to the worker’s pay; the benefit amount is currently two-thirds of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage. For higher paid workers, however, the calculated amount is not always the amount paid. In those higher-income cases, the weekly benefit amount is capped and the maximum amount that will be paid out is $550 per week. If the deceased worker’s survivor is their widow or widower, and there are no dependent children, the benefits can be paid until the survivor remarries or begins to live with a new partner. Benefits are not lifetime benefits, however; the maximum amount that can be collected by the surviving spouse is $220,000.
What Do I Do to Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Often times employers will proactively adhere to the workers’ compensation requirements and pay the benefits owed without hassle. However, when an employer fails to do so, the worker (or his or her representative or survivor) must take action. In those cases, a claim for those unpaid benefits must be filed in a timely manner; in Georgia, the claim is required to be filed within a year of the accident that caused the loss. Because of the complexity of the workers’ compensation system in Georgia, it is best to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for guidance.
Trust Bader Law Firm, LLC With Your Workers’ Compensation Case
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a workplace accident and has suffered injuries or has died as a result, contact Bader Law Firm, LLC. Our experienced and compassionate workers’ compensation lawyers will help you to understand what you are entitled to receive and will help you to make the fullest recovery possible. Do not let your fear of the unknown stop you from pursuing what is rightfully yours; contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with no obligation. Let us help you by contacting us online today.