Uptick In Shootings Highlights Dangers Of Workplace Violence – Decatur Tire Shop Worker Killed In Workplace Shooting Remembered
2023 has been a year of many shootings and mass shootings throughout the United States. In some circumstances, victims of shootings have been workers at their jobs. The unfortunate truth is that violence can occur at any place and at any time, and violent people can be customers, vendors, co-workers, or those known or unknown to workers simply doing their jobs. One such violent workplace gun incident that cannot be forgotten occurred last year at a Georgia tire shop. At the end of December, 2022, 24-year-old Daniel Gordon was killed at the Tires Plus store at 577 DeKalb Industrial Way in DeKalb County. According to reports, Gordon, a worker who had begun his job at Tires Plus earlier in the summer of 2022, was shot by a 30-year-old customer who had come to the Tires Plus store to have his vehicle serviced. Gordon is reported to have entered and driven the shooter’s vehicle at some point into the parking lot of the Tires Plus. At that time, the shooter thought Gordon was stealing his vehicle, and shot multiple gunshots into the vehicle. The shooter then fled on foot. Gordon was taken to the hospital, but later died from the shooting wounds. “You can’t even feel safe at work. It’s just sad,” a friend of Gordon stated to local news reporters.
Justice for Family Members of Decatur Workers Killed on the Job
While nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one, particularly to a senseless and completely unexpected and unjustified act of workplace violence, family members of workers who have been killed due to workplace violence in Decatur may have rights and options under Georgia laws. In addition to pressing criminal charges and cooperating with authorities within the criminal justice system, and other potential claims under civil laws, family members of deceased workers who have been killed on the job may have rights and options under Georgia workers’ compensation laws. In most states, most workers who have been killed at work due to workplace violence that occurred in the course of their work, and not due to personal reasons, are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Certain dependent family members may have claims for workers’ compensation death benefits, depending on the facts of each unique case. In order to learn about whether you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Decatur, it is best to chat with an experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
The experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyers at the O’Connell Law Firm are here to help injured Decatur workers and their family members and offer a free and confidential consultation to listen to your unique story and to see if they can help fight for you. Contact the experienced Decatur workers’ compensation lawyers at the O’Connell Law firm today and speak to a lawyer about your rights and options to Decatur workers’ compensation benefits for free.