Learn about Georgia’s workers’ compensation death benefits for families facing loss from workplace accidents, offering financial support and burial expenses.

Big win for a client from Dublin, GA. After years of litigation for her workers’ compensation injury, we are proud to announce her case was declared Catastrophic by the State board. Not only did we settle her case, but we also secured a large Medicare set-aside account for her future medical needs. Her perseverance and our dedication make a powerful team.

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Premises liability law is an area of personal injury law that holds property owners accountable for maintaining safe conditions on their premises. This law is designed to protect people who are injured on someone else’s property due to negligence or unsafe conditions.

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In Georgia, property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes ensuring that the property is free from hazards that could cause harm to visitors. If a property owner fails to meet this duty, and someone is injured as a result, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Common examples of premises liability cases in Georgia include slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and injuries caused by defective or dangerous conditions on the property. In these cases, the injured party must prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining the property and that this negligence caused their injuries.

It’s important to note that Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that if the injured party is found to be partially at fault for their injuries, their compensation may be reduced by their percentage of fault. However, if the injured party is found to be more than 50% at fault, they may not be entitled to any compensation.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property in Georgia, it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at Powers and Beecher today to discuss your case.

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it happens due to a workplace accident. In such tragic circumstances, families often find themselves not only grieving but also grappling with financial uncertainties. However, in the state of Georgia, there are specific provisions in place to assist families during these difficult times through workers’ compensation death benefits.

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Understanding Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides medical benefits and wage replacement to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. In the unfortunate event of a worker’s death, the benefits extend to their dependents or beneficiaries. The workers’ compensation system in Georgia offers various forms of support to help alleviate the financial burden on family members left behind.

Who is Eligible for Death Benefits?

In Georgia, certain family members are eligible to receive death benefits if the worker’s death is determined to be work-related. These beneficiaries typically include:

  1. Spouse: The surviving spouse of the deceased worker is entitled to receive death benefits unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as abandonment or divorce.
  2. Children: If the deceased worker has dependent children, they are entitled to receive benefits until they reach the age of 18, or 22 if they are enrolled in an accredited educational institution.
  3. Dependent Parents: If the deceased worker was providing support to their parents at the time of death, those parents may be eligible for benefits if they can prove dependency.
  4. Other Dependents: In some cases, other individuals who were financially dependent on the deceased worker may be eligible for benefits.

Types of Benefits Available

The workers’ compensation system in Georgia provides several types of benefits to the eligible dependents described above:

  1. Burial Expenses: The employer or their insurance carrier is responsible for covering reasonable burial expenses, up to a certain limit set by law.
  2. Income Benefits: Dependents may be entitled to weekly income benefits, which are typically calculated at two-thirds of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage. The maximum weekly income benefit in Georgia is $800.00 per week as of July 1, 2023.
  3. Dependency Benefits: Additional benefits may be available to dependents who relied on the deceased worker for financial support. The amount of dependency benefits depends on various factors, including the number of dependents and their relationship to the deceased.
  4. Medical Benefits: In cases where the deceased worker incurred medical expenses before their death, those expenses may be covered by workers’ compensation.

Navigating the Claims Process

Filing for workers’ compensation death benefits can be a complex and daunting process, especially for grieving families. It’s essential to seek guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help navigate the claims process and ensure that your rights are protected. The attorneys at the Powers Law Group specialize in workers’ compensation cases and they can assist you with the death benefit claim.


Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is a devastating experience. However, Georgia’s workers’ compensation system provides important protections and benefits to help support the families of deceased workers during these challenging times. By understanding your rights and seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, you can navigate the claims process with confidence and secure the benefits you deserve.

In Sparta, GA, our client’s story exemplifies the impact of determination and justice. As a hardworking aircraft mechanic, he experienced a severe accident at work that significantly injured his ankle and foot. He contacted Powers & Beecher for help, which was provided every step of the way.



Powers Beecher Law Firm Celebrates the Selection of Jeffrey Powers and Adam Beecher to the 2024 Georgia Super Lawyers List

MACON, Ga., Feb. 20, 2024 — Powers Beecher Law Firm, a premier personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm based in Macon, GA, is thrilled to announce that Atty. Jeffrey Powers and Atty. Adam Beecher have earned esteemed positions on the 2024 Georgia Super Lawyers list. This recognition is a testament to their exceptional legal skills, professional achievements, and unwavering commitment to their clients. Their leadership roles within legal and community organizations, including the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Macon Bar Association, underscore their commitment to the legal profession and their community.

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Atty. Jeffrey Powers is renowned for his expertise in personal injury and workers’ compensation law with over 25 years of experience, consistently delivering victorious outcomes for those injured on the job. He’s licensed in Georgia and Florida, began his career in prosecution, then moved to insurance defense before representing injured individuals. His dedication to justice is highlighted by his innovative legal strategies and compassionate approach to client representation. Powers is dedicated to community service, notably supporting Book ‘Em, a charity for at-risk children alongside his wife Katie. He values family and active church participation. Jeffrey’s achievements include groundbreaking settlements and verdicts that have significantly impacted workers’ compensation law in Georgia. This marks his fourth consecutive year being honored on the Super Lawyers list.

Atty. Adam Beecher is a personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer in Macon, Georgia, focusing on cases including car accidents, construction accidents, and wrongful death claims. Adam’s deep understanding of personal injury law and his tenacity in the courtroom have resulted in substantial recoveries for his clients, affirming his status as a protector of victims’ rights. A Mercer University Law School graduate, Beecher has been recognized as a Georgia Rising Star and for client satisfaction in Bibb County. Active in his community, he lives in Warner Robins with his family and serves on the board of Family Promise of Greater Houston County. This year’s selection is Adam’s third consecutive Super Lawyers recognition.

Super Lawyers is a prestigious rating service that identifies outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is rigorous and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Powers Beecher Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for the rights of those injured due to the negligence of others and employees hurt on the job. With a strong focus on client relationships and legal excellence, the firm has established itself as a leader in personal injury and workers’ compensation law in Macon and throughout Georgia.

For more information about Powers Beecher Law Firm, please call 478-738-8884 or visit www.powerslawgroup.com.

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Congratulations to Our Georgia 2022 Super Lawyers



We are very proud to announce the following attorneys at Powers Law Group have been named among the best in Georgia in the latest Super Lawyers magazine published by Thomson Reuters.


Attorney Jeff Powers has been practicing law for over 27 years. Mr. Powers is highly-respected within not only the Middle Georgia legal community, but also statewide, as a tremendously skilled personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer. He is passionate about representing people who have suffered horrible, usually preventable, injuries due to the negligence of others.

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Attorney Adam Beecher has been practicing law for 13 years, the entirety of this time with Powers Law Group. Mr. Beecher, who is a partner in the firm, is also highly regarded by the local legal community here, in Macon-Bibb County, as well as across the State of Georgia. He is a fierce, compassionate advocate for the clients he represents, whether injured on the job, or hurt in auto, tractor-trailer, or motorcycle accidents.

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Powers Law Group, located in Macon, GA, is a dedicated group of personal injury and workers’ compensation trial lawyers who meet with their clients face-to-face, become personally invested and deliver results. They have been providing excellent legal services since 1995.


Powers Law Group is proud to be able to provide financial support to those in our community who are doing amazing work with young people. This morning, Attorney Jeff Powers presented Fred Sterdivant, Director of Fathers Among Men, and Charise Stephens, Director of U Create Macon, each with a check for $2,000 to support their organizations.

Fathers Among Men is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support fathers in our community who might not have the benefit of a strong family support system as well as mentoring to young men who lack a strong male role model in their lives for guidance. They provide after-school programs as well as educational programming during school breaks and in the summer months.
U Create Macon is a local non-profit, based in the Historic Pleasant Hill Neighborhood in Macon. They offer programming for children and youth in our community. This year they served 300 kids through their Saturday Morning Breakfast Club, bike teams, bike giveaways, a youth film Festival, free little libraries and more. Approximately 100 of these kids receive services from multiple programs sponsored by U Create Macon. Their bike team is the first and only youth chapter of the Major Taylor Association, a national group of bike clubs honoring their namesake, Walter “Major” Taylor (1878-1932), who was the world’s first Black sports superstar. He was the World Cycling Champion inn 1899 and American Sprint Champion in 1900, and set numerous cycling records despite living during the Jim Crow era of strict racial segregation. Attorney Jeff Powers was honored to be included in the U Create Macon’s Community Bike Ride this February as seen in this video from the event:
We salute those working with young people in our community. We must also thank our clients, past and present, for placing their trust in us after experiencing injuries. Without this trust and support, our support of non-profits such as these in our community would not be possible. We look forward to continuing to earn your trust in 2022 and beyond. We continue to be “Here – For You.” 
Happy New Year from all of us at Powers Law Group!
After a one year hiatus, due to the pandemic, The Bibb Sheriff’s Office’s annual holiday event, Santa in the Park, returned on Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Making the event even more special was the fact that it was the first time it was held since the Sheriff’s Outreach Section (SOS) moved into its new headquarters on Hazel Street.
This year approximately 500 local children/youth attended the event with their families. They were able to select a new toy from Santa’s workshop which included: 30 brand-new bicycles, a variety of games, dolls, sports equipment, electronic devices, and various other assorted toys. Each child was also able to select four brand-new books and received a book bag to carry them home with them.
During this event, Book ‘Em gave close to 2,000 brand-new books to children/youth in attendance, as well as the dozen FBLA students from Central High School who volunteered to assist with the event.
Macon Book 'Em Most uplifting was the fact that Book ‘Em was able to raise over $6,000 in less than 48 hours to assist with the purchase of bicycles and other toys to ensure that the maximum number of children could have a very happy holiday season. Special thanks must be given to the following sponsors and individuals who donated to this effort: Brew Found, Inc.; Powers Law Group; Laurie Lee Cranford; Camilla Dawson; Catherine Hedglin; Louise and Derrel Hazlehurst; Andrea Cooke; Blair Sumrall; Carol Tift; Julie and Joel Goodman; Regina Sweeney; Laura Malcolm; and Jackie Wright.
Macon Book 'Em Special funding request! Right now, Book ‘Em, a Macon/Bibb County based non-profit that puts new and gently-used books in the homes of at-risk children,  have no funds to purchase bikes for children/youth to be given away during this Saturday’s Santa in the Park event.
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Normally, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office is able to give 50 bicycles to children during this event. There will be lots of sad faces on Saturday if we cannot raise more money. The cost of bicycles has gone up by about 30% this year.

If you, or your business, can help us make some children’s Christmas wishes come true, we would be most grateful! Donations can be made by clicking on the following link:

All funds raised between now and Saturday will be matched by Powers Law Group.

September 3, 2021 –

Jeff Powers has been selected to the 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Georgia receive this distinction.

Jeffrey N. Powers

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Macon Lawyer Jeff Powers Attorney Jeff Powers has been practicing law for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Mercer University’s School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida since 1995. Immediately after graduating from law school, Jeff worked with the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. While there, he gained invaluable experience representing victims and the community-at-large in multiple felony jury trials. After working for the DA’s Office for three years, Jeff began working for a local law firm specializing in insurance defense cases. During this time, he gained valuable insight into the practices used by insurance companies to deny claims. Also during this time, Jeff realized that his true calling was to represent injured people, and their families, who need an advocate to fight for them.

Now, with 25 years of experience, having represented people in all walks of life, Mr. Jeff Powers is the lawyer you need to ensure that you have the best representation possible.

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Macon, GA  – Powers Law Group is pleased to announce that founding partner Jeffrey N. Powers, has been named to the Thomson Reuters 2020 list of Georgia Super Lawyers which are made in accordance with the set of standards set forth by Thomson Reuters under the Super Lawyers Selection Methodology.

Super Lawyers - Jeffrey N. Powers “I am honored to have been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2020 in personal injury litigation. The selection process is voted by peers within the legal community. ”
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Jeffrey N. Powers is the founding partner of Powers Law Group, LLC a leading personal injury law firm in Macon, Georgia.  Mr. Powers devotes his law practice to personal injury and workers compensation law.  His firm represents Georgia residents in matters involving trucking, automobile, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, burn injuries, wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries caused by negligence.

His successes both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo.  Mr. Powers is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Macon Bar Association, Macon Trial Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Powers earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Florida State University and received his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1995.  He obtained his license to practice law in 1995, and is qualified to appear before all Georgia trial and appellate courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia.  Finally, Mr. Powers is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.

About the Firm

Powers Law Group, located in Macon, GA, is a dedicated group of personal injury and workers’ compensation trial lawyers who meet with their clients face-to-face, become personally invested and deliver results. They have been providing excellent legal services since 1995, making every client their first priority. By focusing on their client’s cases and fighting hard on their behalf, they have closed cases in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation that have resulted in settlements from tens of thousands to multi-million dollars. If you’ve been hurt at the fault of others, the attorneys at Powers Law Group will work your case, and help you get the compensation that you deserve.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Atty. Jeff Powers and Rosebud As an added layer of client service, Powers Law Group offers an on-site support dog. Rosebud, an 11-year-old Bassett Hound, is an experienced therapy dog. She lightens the atmosphere in our office as she makes her daily rounds/scent checks. Rosebud has proven herself valuable during client interviews and depositions by providing her sweet, calming presence to clients who needed comfort. What other law firm has such a dedicated four legged team member?


June has been a busy month for Book ‘Em. They delivered 100 books to The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County so that the 50 students taking part in their summer program could select two books to keep. They continued to supply books to the BCSO patrol headquarters downtown for patrol deputies to distribute. The Weekend Lunch Program for the homeless at Christ Episcopal Church also received 40 books to replenish their supply for children who come there for meals on weekends.

Thanks to a grant from The Linda Harriet Lane Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon Book ‘Em will be able to purchase close to 2,000 books specifically for patrol deputies to distribute while making rounds in Macon-Bibb. Book ‘Em went on a ride-along with BCSO Patrol Deputy Tommy Harris to kick off this effort. Deputy Harris spent two hours of his busy day taking us to search for children on the streets of Macon-Bibb. They visited Memorial Gym on Second Street. The kids participating in their summer program were on a field trip, so they moved on to East Macon. They visited the Family Investment Center and our friend, Rhonda Miller, whose Girl Scout Troop they delivered books to in 2018. While there, they were introduced to Roger Jackson, Executive Director of the Motivating Youth Foundation.

Mr. Jackson was busy preparing lunch for the 50 children/youth attending MOYO’s summer camp. They discussed planning a book distribution day with him later this summer as well. Deputy Harris spent time talking with some of the youth there and answering their questions about everything from doughnuts to tasers. From there, they went in search of unsuspecting children to “book.” As they drove through Davis Homes, they spotted a precious 3-year-old boy walking hand-in-hand with his dad. Deputy Harris pulled the BCSO cruiser alongside the duo. I rolled down the passenger side window and told them that they needed for them to stop so that they could get out and book them. At first, they were a bit taken aback, but as soon as they saw the basket full of new books they pulled out of the car, they were all smiles! I suspect that one little 3-year-old is enjoying his new set of six Marvel Superhero books that he took home with him.

They also picked out a Doc McStuffin’s book for his baby sister. From there, they moved on to the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood. They spotted three young children on their front porch, escaping the heat. They were delighted to be “booked” with several classics including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Go Dog, Go.,” chapter books for the older sister, and board books for their baby brother. Several other children spotted us while they were “booking” and came over to be booked, themselves!

Macon Book ‘Em will continue these surprise ride-along trips to “Book ‘Em” regularly moving forward. A special thank you to Major Kelvin Harris for arranging our ride-along today with the wonderful Deputy Tommy Harris.

The Walmart driver whose truck collided with a van carrying the comedian Tracy Morgan and other performers had not slept for more than 24 hours before the crash, New Jersey prosecutors said on Monday.

Prosecutors in Middlesex County charged the truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., on Saturday with one count of death by auto and several counts of assault by auto in connection with the pileup early that day on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, about 45 miles from New York City. One comedian, James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, was killed, and Mr. Morgan was critically injured.

In a criminal complaint released on Monday, prosecutors said that at the time of the crash, Mr. Roper had been operating the tractor-trailer “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.” In a statement issued on Monday, a Walmart spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, emphasized that the company believed Mr. Roper “was operating within the federal hours of service regulations,” which limit work shifts to 14 hours, with only 11 of those behind the wheel. She said the company was cooperating with the investigation.

Under New Jersey law, a driver can be convicted of vehicular homicide if it is shown that he had been without sleep for at least 24 hours when the accident occurred.

A preliminary police investigation found that Mr. Roper had failed to perceive slow-moving traffic ahead of him, and, at the last minute, swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. The complaint did not explain how the New Jersey State Police determined that Mr. Roper had been sleep deprived.

The crash occurred as Mr. Morgan, 45, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” was traveling to New York City from a comedy show in Delaware. Around 1 a.m., a Walmart tractor-trailer collided with the back of the van, a 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, setting off a chain reaction that involved four other vehicles.

Mr. Morgan sustained injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs. After the crash, he and his assistant, Jeff Millea, 36, were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Another comedian, Ardie Fuqua, 43, was also injured.

By Monday, Mr. Morgan was responsive but remained in critical but stable condition. “This recovery will be arduous,” his publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement.

Written by: J. DAVID GOODMAN

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Insight by Atty. Jeff Powers:

Our interstates are becoming more and more dangerous due to tired and distracted truck drivers and lax regulation by their employers. In 2012 alone, there were 333,000 large truck crashes which killed 3,921 people and injured over 104,000 in the United States. If this many people were killed or injured due to commercial airline accidents, there would be serious consequences for the airlines. Be careful on our roadways – big truck drivers are overworked, tired, and highly distracted.

Book ‘Em was thrilled to participate in their 3rd “Santa in the Park,” event which is an annual outreach project of the Bibb Sheriff’s Office. Each year the Sheriff’s Office selects a public park to be the site of a pre-Christmas gift-giving event for children who might not otherwise receive any gifts on Christmas day. Every child who attends this annual event receives a brand-new toy or bicycle. Book ‘Em is also there to give at least one brand-new book to each child. From 2015-2017 Book ‘Em has given close to 1,000 books to children who attend Santa in the Park. This year’s event was held at the Buck Melton Community Center on Anthony Road.

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Book ‘Em joined the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at a local daycare/Pre-K center for their special day recognizing “Community Helpers.”

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