Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help if your family member suffered a fatal workplace injury. We know that the death of a loved one can leave you reeling, emotionally and financially. And, while no amount of compensation can relieve your loss, it can help you deal with the stress of medical bills and the loss of your loved one’s support.
Our Smyrna, GA, death benefits attorneys can pursue a workers’ compensation claim on behalf of you and your family. We can recover medical bills, lost wages, and more. In addition, we may be able to assist with a wrongful death case against a liable third party.
How Can Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Help with Your Claim?
The last thing you need while coping with your grief is a struggle over securing the death benefits your family deserves. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has been fighting for clients’ rights since 2008. We will take care of every detail of your workers’ compensation claim or help you appeal denied benefits. Our Smyrna death benefits lawyers will:
- Obtain evidence to support your claim, including medical records, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, and official accident reports
- Prepare and file case paperwork and track and adhere to deadlines
- Communicate with insurance agents and other involved parties on your behalf
- Determine if you have a third-party liability claim and identify compensable wrongful death damages
- Work towards the most financially advantageous case resolution possible
- File a workers’ compensation appeal (if needed) and represent you through the appeals process
- Contact you with regular case updates
- Respond to your questions and concerns in a timely fashion
- Pursue a lawsuit (if applicable) and represent you at trial (if necessary)
We Will Get the Compensation Owed to You
We want to ensure you get all of the death benefits owed to you. According to O.C.G.A. § 34-9-265, you may qualify for:
- Medical compensation. Death benefits will pay for any medical bills your loved one’s workers’ compensation policy would have covered had they lived, including:
- Emergency transportation and treatment
- Medical procedures
- Prescription drugs
- Medical devices and equipment
- In-home nursing
- Palliative care
- Wage replacement benefits. Death benefits provide for a portion of the deceased’s lost wages. Qualifying survivors can receive up to two-thirds of their loved one’s previous weekly earnings, capped at $725 per week, for up to 400 weeks.
- Funeral and burial expenses. You can recover up to $7,500 in compensation for your loved one’s funeral, burial, casket, headstone, plot, cremation, or urn.
We Will Address Issues that Could Bar You from Receiving Benefits
You do not need to prove that your loved one’s employer (or anyone else) is liable for their accident to collect death benefits. But that does not mean your claim will be straightforward. Hiring an attorney from the outset can protect you from snags that could delay your compensation, diminish your benefits, or result in a denied claim. For example, you could run into problems if:
- Your loved one did not report their accident to their employer within 30 days (as mandated by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC)).
- Your loved one did not file a workers’ compensation claim within one year of their accident.
- You did not file your death benefits claim within one year of your loved one’s passing.
- Your loved one’s employer alleges they were drinking on the job, behaving recklessly, or otherwise acting in a way that would disqualify them from benefits.
- Your loved one’s employer claims their accident did not happen on the job or that their accident was not the cause of their death.
- Insurance refuses to pay for medical treatments.
- Insurance refuses to provide fair wage replacement benefits.
We Will Pursue Your Third-Party Case
If a third party’s negligent actions caused your loved one’s death, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you pursue a wrongful death case. You could recover damages not paid by workers’ compensation, including:
- 100% of the deceased’s lost wages (with no cap), including the value of benefits, bonuses, and other earnings
- Income the deceased would have earned had they lived
- Loss of your loved one’s services and support
- Loss of your loved one’s care, companionship, counsel, and advice
We will identify liable parties (including property managers, contractors, manufacturers, etc.) and build a case proving their negligence led to your loved one’s death.
As with a workers’ compensation claim, there is limited time to take legal action. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you have up to two years to file a wrongful death case. Failing to meet insurance deadlines or adhere to the statute of limitations could leave you with no options for recovering compensation. We can help you get started right away.
For a free legal consultation with a death benefits lawyer serving Smyrna, call (404) 888-8888
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation in Smyrna?
Workers’ compensation covers most workers in Smyrna as Georgia law requires any employer with three or more employees to carry insurance. Additionally, coverage for work-related medical treatment begins on the first day of employment.
However, only a deceased worker’s spouse or minor dependent children can receive wage compensation upon their death. If no qualifying dependents exist, partial dependents may seek benefits.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 200 Georgians die yearly from workplace injuries. If you lost a loved one, our Smyrna death benefits attorneys can see if you qualify for a workers’ compensation claim or wrongful death lawsuit. We assist with cases involving:
- Transportation accidents
- Construction accidents
- Mining and excavation injuries
- Gas explosions
- Fire and burn injuries
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Contact with objects and machinery
- Defective or dangerous tools
- Lack of safety equipment
- Exposure to chemicals and hazardous substances
- Industrial accidents
- Agricultural accidents
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Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how we can help you seek justice for your loved one. We can get you started with a free consultation and connect you with a Smyrna death benefits lawyer who can take your case at no upfront cost to you.