Let’s not cash a dead person’s workers’ comp checks, ok?

A lady in Macon named Barbara was getting workers’ compensation indemnity benefits and died.  Not wanting to see these checks go to waste, her daughter, April, decided to start cashing the future checks and keeping the money for herself.  This was a bad idea.

What April should have done was notify the workers’ comp insurance carrier (probably the adjuster) that her mother had died.  If the death was related to the work injury, and the daughter was a dependent, she may have had a claim for continued workers’ comp benefits (unlikely, since April is 29 years old)!  Or, perhaps she could have helped a younger dependent sibling get any owed death benefits.  What she chose to do instead, however, was forge her mother’s name on the checks and cash them.  Now, she’s facing 23 felony counts.

Again, this was a bad decision. Cashing a dead person’s workers’ comp checks after forging the deceased’s name might work for a short while, but it won’t last.  Instead, call a qualified workers comp attorney in Atlanta who specializes in Georgia workers’ comp claims for advice on what your rights might be after the death of a loved one on workers’ comp benefits.  But first, alert the paying insurance company.

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