Workers' Compensation

Georgia: Meretricious Relationship Results in Disqualification of Death Benefits

Citing a 1990 decision of the Supreme Court of Georgia [Williams v. Corbett, 260 Ga. 668, 398 SE2d 1 (1990)], as controlling, a state appellate court held that within the context of a workers’ compensation claim, a meretricious relationship works to deny dependency benefits, even if actual dependency exists. Here the claimant had lived with the deceased employee for some 13 years before the employee sustained fatal injuries in a work-related fall. She sought death benefits, contending she was wholly dependent upon the deceased employee. The appellate court agreed with the ALJ that the claimant had made a showing of dependency, but indicated that under the Williams decision, she could not recover since she was not legally married to the deceased at the time of his death.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Sanchez v. Carter, 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 465 (Oct. 17, 2017)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 96.02.

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