Young Man Killed in Atlanta Area Workplace Accident

February 03, 2017

Young Man Killed in Atlanta Area Workplace Accident – Are Legal Options Available to Family Members?

This year has already had a tragic start for a young man and his family. A 25-year-old Augusta man suffocated to death after falling in a trench while working at a home building construction site. Dirt quickly filled up the trench after the young man fell in, making it impossible for the man to breathe. This is the type of accident that nobody ever wants to happen, but it is also the type of accident that does happen on construction worksites all over the country.

When A Family is Left Mourning With Many Unanswered Questions

When a loved one dies, family members are left with their own pain and suffering, especially when a spouse and/or children relied on that loved one financially. Without necessary income, a family may suffer in a variety of ways, especially if children are involved. The inability to pay for food, medical care, school-related necessities and other life needs is a stressful uphill battle. However, in some circumstances, surviving family members may be able to obtain benefits through either a workers' compensation claim or a potential personal injury/wrongful death claim.

Understanding Workers' Compensation

It is important to keep in mind that workers' compensation is a no-fault system, which simply means no party is being blamed for the workplace accident that caused the worker to suffer injuries. When a workplace accident does involve specific conduct that can be blamed on a particular person or party other than the victim's employer, a potential personal injury or wrongful death claim may be an option in addition to a workers' compensation claim. Our attorneys routinely examine all avenues of compensation for our injured clients.

What are Death Benefits?

The facts of a workplace accident are critical to determining if family members are entitled to benefits for the death of a loved one. Benefits available to some family members include, but may not be limited to, periodic monetary compensation or coverage for burial expenses. These death benefits are aimed to help families get through tough financial times following the loss of a loved one.

Why You Should Speak with an Attorney

Because Georgia has specific laws and regulations concerning workers' compensation and death benefits, it is imperative to seek the advice of a Workers' Compensation Attorney at Montlick & Associates to ensure the information you have is accurate.

The information above may not apply to every workplace accident, and it is important to understand that every accident has its own set of unique facts and circumstances. For example, a surviving family member may have a potential personal injury or wrongful death claim if negligent conduct on behalf of a person or company other than the victim's employer caused or contributed to cause the workplace accident that resulted in fatal injuries. In such a claim, compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, the fully value of the life of the victim (if a death was involved), punitive damages, and more.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a workplace accident, it is crucial to consider discussing the situation with a Georgia Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorney as soon as possible. With more than 35 years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has the necessary knowledge, dedication, and resources to provide each client with the legal representation they need and deserve. If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our Georgia Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333) to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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