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Cuthbert mom loses court fight

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CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) - The mother of a Cuthbert city worker killed on the job, won't be getting his death benefits, after the state supreme court ruled in the city's favor.

Louise Barzey was trying to collect death benefits from the city after her son, Deron Shorter, was killed in an accident while cutting grass for the city.

He had no dependents and she was his only legal heir. She claimed the Georgia Workers Compensation Act, which bars her from the compensation, is unconstitutional.

"This is a little unusual because she asked for a declaratory judgement, it was not a suit for damages. So the insurance company decided not to handle it. They refused to handle it pretty much," said Flin Coleman, Cuthbert City Attorney.

The high court upheld the lower court's ruling, citing state law which says the death benefit may only be paid to legal dependents and therefore did not violate Barzey's constitutional rights.

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