GA Man Killed After Falling from Tree in Work-Related Accident

A 27-year-old Georgia man died last month after falling 44 feet from a tree in Baldwin County, GA, where he was on assignment for Three Sons Tree Service of Putnam County. The tragic work-related accident took place on October 5, and Christopher Wheeler of Eatonton died two days later, leaving behind his parents and his three-year-old daughter, Keelie. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Georgia workplace accident, contact our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

Worker Knocked 44 Feet to the Ground

According to Christopher Wheeler’s mother, Susan, the 27-year-old often contracted his time to tree service companies, since he had always loved being outdoors. “They would call him periodically to help out with a job,” Susan said following Christopher’s on-the-job death. “He had been doing this for about a year, off and on.” Unfortunately, Christopher’s tree service assignment on October 5 proved to be his last. While cutting off the top section of a tree in Baldwin County, Georgia, a piece of the tree fell on top of him and knocked him 44 feet to the ground. The young man was rushed to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was classified as a level-one trauma due to his internal injuries. Christopher died from his injuries on October 7.

Contact Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Today

On-the-job accidents, like the one that killed Christopher Wheeler, can be devastating for the worker and his or her family, sometimes resulting in life-long injuries, loss of income, costly medical bills, or worse, death. Unfortunately, work-related accidents in Georgia and throughout the United States are extremely common, resulting in more than 4,600 fatalities in 2011 alone. This rate is equivalent to almost 90 workplace deaths per week, or close to 13 every day. If you have been injured in a serious workplace accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, and you think you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, consult our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. With our lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages.

Source: http://www.msgr.com/news/local_news/article_a3d46c8e-373e-11e3-8df6-0019bb2963f4.html

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