Georgia Workplace Death Claim Attorney
The death of a loved one in a workplace accident is devastating to a family. The Atlanta, Georgia workers' compensation attorneys at Long & Holder have the experience and compassion necessary to handle these serious cases. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Long & Holder, LLP
Should your working loved one succumb to an occupational fatality in a construction accident, industrial mishap, or a car crash, our experienced workers' compensation attorneys will work hard to obtain workers' compensation benefits for the surviving spouse and children.
With our experience, we are also skilled at the most difficult occupational fatality and workplace wrongful death claims, such as work heart attacks. While heart attacks at work are common, proving that the work actually caused the problem can be difficult.
- Tom Holder represented the widow and two year old child of a man from Mexico who was killed when a wall collapsed on him while he was working. The widow and child were not receiving their dependency benefits because the insurance company kept sending the checks in the name of the dead man to his address. The family was not receiving the money it needed to survive. Tom Holder got the situation resolved, including getting the insurance company to pay a 15% penalty for late payment of benefits. Once the situation was stabilized, the case was settled for $180,000 which will be of tremendous assistance to both the widow and child.
Our client's husband was found deceased in his truck at his job site. It was determined that he had suffered a fatal heart attack. The insurer was unwilling to agree that his work involving long hours had caused the heart attack and his death. Heart attack cases are very difficult to prove. Jim Long located a cardiologist who stated that it was reasonable to assume that the long hours had caused the heart attack. Jim Long settled the case for $170,000.
Tom Holder represented the widow and dependent step-child of a man who died on the job. He was holding a big punch that was attached to a crane. The punch was used to dig holes in the ground in which utility pipes are placed. Unfortunately, the crane, which was operated by his supervisor, was placed directly under electrical wires. The cable of the crane touched the electrical wires. The electricity ran down the arm of the crane into the punch that our client was holding, killing him.
There were two issues. The first arose because the deceased failed his drug test. However, a toxicologist testified that the amount of drugs found in his system was consistent with his having smoked marijuana 36 hours prior to the accident, which is what the widow testified. Additionally, the doctor said that this would not have affected his ability to work properly. Also, his supervisor, who had worked with the deceased for 15 years, testified that our client was working properly on the date of his death and did not do anything to cause the accident.
The second issue was whether or not the widow's daughter from a prior marriage was a dependent step-child. After testimony, it was agreed that she was. The case settled for $175,000, with $135,000 going to the widow and $40,000 going to the step-child. We are glad that we could help this family in its time of need.
- Tom Holder represented five children and the widow of a man who died in an electrical accident. Besides making sure that the dependents got all the benefits to which they were entitled, Tom had to make sure that the children (from three different mothers) and the widow were all treated fairly so that the case could be resolved. Tom developed a fair way of dividing the $260,000 settlement so that all of his clients were satisfied.
The father of our client was killed on the job while driving a truck in Paulding county, Georgia. At the time of his death, his father was unmarried and had no minor children. Jim Long established that our client was mentally incapable of earning a living which made him eligible for death benefits. Jim Long settled his case for $150,000.
Don't wait to contact an attorney. Our Atlanta, Georgia workers' compensation lawyers will begin working right away on your claim to make sure you and your children aren't left alone and broke. Contact the Georgia law firm of Long & Holder today for your free consultation.