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Plant Explosion at JCG Farms in Rockmart kills 1, others injured

Fox 5 Atlanta is reporting that fire & rescue teams responded to a plant explosion at JCG Farms in Rockmart, GA early Sunday morning.

One person has been killed, another was airlifted to the hospital, and several others were rushed to local hospitals by ambulance. Investigators are currently on the scene investigating the cause of the explosion.

Workplace accidents like this explosion at the JCG Farms in Rockmart are a reminder of how some dangerous workplace environments can lead to injuries or even death.

In the state of Georgia, death benefits stemming from workplace accidents are meant to help those who relied on the deceased for financial support. To measure your eligibility for death benefits, you must be able to show that you were dependent on the worker for your livelihood.

There are two parties that the law presumes are totally dependent and, therefore, automatically labels as eligible beneficiaries:

Spouse – legally married spouses are beneficiaries. However, if the couple was living separately for 90 days or more prior to the accident, the death benefits claim might be denied because it’s presumed the surviving spouse wasn’t dependent. Also, spouses of common-law marriages might not be eligible.

Children – Children under age 18 are dependents, and this includes any natural or stepchildren, legally adopted children, posthumous children and acknowledged children born out of wedlock. Other children who qualify include those older than 18 but incapable of earning a living due to a physical or mental disability and children younger than 22 who are enrolled full-time in college.

In addition to spouses and children, any other party that can prove they were dependent upon the deceased for support may be eligible for benefits. The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Procedural Manual provides, “In all other cases whether a person is wholly or partially dependent must be shown by facts establishing actual support in existence at the time of the injury or disease, which caused death, and for a period at least three months prior to the accident.” An example would be elderly parents or a mentally incapacitated sibling.

Duration of Death Benefits

For surviving spouses, death benefits will cease when the spouse remarries or openly cohabitates with a partner. For children, benefits will cease when they turn 18 (or 22 if they are enrolled in school). If a child beneficiary gets married before he or she turns 22, it does not affect his or her benefits.

Source: Fox 5 Atlanta

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