When a person signs on to work for an employer, they should be able to count on the fact that the employer will keep them safe and avoid any negligence in the workplace that may put employees in danger of injury or even death. However, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,693 employees suffered fatal injuries in 2011 alone, many of whom likely left spouses and/or families behind. In addition to the unspeakably tragic emotions felt for the sudden loss by that spouse and/or family, they likely relied on the employee’s financial contributions to the household to cover bills and other expenses. Especially in these economic times, Americans understand how difficult it is for a household to suddenly lose an income and benefits. Luckily, a wrongful death lawyer in Raymond can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your loss.
When a loved one is lost at work, worker’s compensation may provide some benefits, however often this compensation takes significant processing time and the amount may not be adequate to make up for your loss. Therefore, you should always look in to the possibility of a wrongful death action to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. The amount you receive in a successful wrongful death claim will depend on your family’s specific situation and the amount of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the employer. Wrongful death cases involving workplace fatalities can be complicated, and without the help and representation of an attorney experienced in this particular field, you may miss out on some deserved benefits, or on any recovery at all.
It is also imperative that you contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations in Georgia typically limits recovery time to two years after a loved one’s death. There may be some exceptions to the two-year time limit, however that depends on the specific circumstances of each case, so you do not want to risk waiting too long. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770-487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.