Without exception, there are potential dangers in every workplace. Some industries are filled with far more hazards than others – office workers, for example, are likely faced with far fewer dangerous conditions than construction workers. One of the more dangerous industries would also be the transport industry. Driving a large vehicle such as a tractor trailer in all sorts of weather conditions, often for long hours, can be a recipe for disaster. In accidents involving tractor trailers, a lot of times the drivers of these big rigs escape major injuries, mainly because of the sheer size of their vehicles compared to the other vehicles on the roads. However, they are not completely shielded from harm, and tragically some do lose their lives during the course of their employment, such as in this sad story of a driver involved in a recent crash in recent crash in Hall County. According to the report, investigators say it appeared that the truck ran off the highway and into the median while negotiating a curve. The truck hit a guardrail, swerved back across the highway, overturned, and finally hit another guardrail and a bridge support. Tragically, the driver was thrown from the cab and killed.
Death Benefits in A Workers’ Compensation Case – What Are the Survivors Entitled to?
In Georgia, as the result of a death caused by a work-related auto accident, survivors are entitled to receive a death benefit. The compensation schedule for workers’ compensation is set forth in Georgia Code Section 34-9-265. The law states that in the event of a death suffered as a course of one’s employment, the surviving dependents will receive two-thirds of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage. The maximum weekly amount that will be paid is $550.00 for a death that occurred on or after July 1, 2015. Dependents include a surviving spouse, children or dependent stepchildren. A widowed spouse that has no children will receive a total amount of no more than $220,000.00, except where there are specific changes to her marital status such as remarriage or cohabitation.
Who Can I Turn to For Help If My Spouse Was Fatally Injured on the Job?
In a somber time after the death of a loved one, you need to have a strong support system. This is true with respect to both personal and business matters. At the Bader Law Firm, LLC, we understand how difficult this time can be. Our compassionate legal professionals have the experience with these situations to allow you the confidence to place your trust in us to provide the competent legal guidance you deserve. At the Bader Law Firm, LLC, we will work hard to help you or your loved ones understand the workers’ compensation system in Georgia and how to obtain the relief you need. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a work-related auto accident, contact us today for a confidential review of your case. We will work diligently to get you all of the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to receive. Contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC, either online or by phone to learn about your rights today.