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Fatal Workplace Accidents

When a loved one dies in an on-the-job accident, the emotional devastation cannot be overstated. The financial burden that is placed upon the surviving family members can also be tremendously difficult to handle. If your spouse, parent, or loved one was killed in a fatal workplace accident, you likely need the security of workers’ compensation dependents and death benefits. These benefits can help make up for the lost wages of your loved one and pay for any remaining medical bills, funeral costs, and other related expenses.

What benefits am I entitled to?

If a work accident, illness, or injury results in the death of a worker, the workers’ surviving spouse and/or children (including qualifying dependent adult children or parents) are eligible to receive death benefits of 66.66% of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage.

Death benefits also include up to $3,000 in funeral expenses and are capped total at $500,000 or 25 years of weekly payments, whichever is greater.

In some cases, surviving dependents can receive Social Security death benefits. There are certain eligibility requirements. For example, the surviving spouse must be 60 years or older. Every situation is different and we can discuss how the laws apply to your particular circumstances.

We can help you understand all of the benefits to which you and your family are entitled to receive. If you have questions, we can answer them. If you have concerns, we can ease them. While we cannot bring back your loved one, we can pursue the compensation that you deserve to make the financial burden easier to handle.

For a free consultation and case evaluation, contact us online or call (866) 400-4450.

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