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City Worker Killed by Falling Tree in Atlanta

March 21, 2016

Tragedy recently struck the Atlanta community when a city employee was killed due to a falling tree. The employee, a 29 year veteran with the Department of Parks and Recreation, was in a bucket truck cutting a tree when the tree apparently fell on top of him and knocked him to the ground. Emergency responders rushed to the scene, but the employee sadly did not survive. The cause of this accident remains under investigation. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued statement expressing his condolences to the deceased employee's family and expressing his gratitude for the much respected employee's three decades of work for the City.

At Montlick and Associates, our personal injury law firm is saddened to hear of this tragic accident in Atlanta. We have assisted a number of families who lost their loved ones in work-related accidents and have witnessed the devastation first hand. Our firm offers compassionate and diligent representation for injured employees and their families in workers' compensation and personal injury actions.

Over 4,500 American Workers Are Killed on the Job Annually

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 4,679 workers across the U.S. were killed on the job in 2014. This equates to approximately 90 deaths a week and 13 fatalities every day. This figure may be surprising to many as the rate of workplace deaths does not receive much national attention, despite the fact that it remains high year after year.

Workplace deaths can occur in nearly any field, but certain jobs come with increased risks. Construction is considered the most dangerous profession, with 20.5% of all worker fatalities in the private sector involving construction workers. There are four leading causes of construction worker fatalities, known as the "Fatal Four."

  1. Falls—about 40% of all construction fatalities are due to falls. Construction workers often work at extreme heights, so falls on the job can end in death or serious injury.
  2. Electrocutions—these accidents account for 8.5% of fatalities. Construction workers will often work around sources of lethal electricity that can cause electric shock and death.
  3. Struck by object—construction workers who are struck by falling objects account for 8.4% of fatalities in the field.
  4. Caught in or between objects—the construction industry involves considerably large equipment and employees who become stuck in or in between large objects comprise 1.4% of deaths in the industry.

Worker's Compensation and Death Benefits

Employees injured on the job and their families should be eligible to seek workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are available to most employees and could cover costs like medical expenses, partial payment for time off work, funeral expenses and the like. Injured employees or families who have lost their loved one in a workplace accident can consult with a workers' compensation attorney for a free consultation. An attorney can also evaluate whether you or your family can seek damages from a third party involved in the accident.

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Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



Category: Personal Injury

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