WHO CAN FILE A DEATH CLAIM?
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits can be paid to the survivors of a worker who dies from an occupational injury or illness. A dependent spouse, underage child or, in some cases, other relatives may be eligible to receive a portion of the income lost from their loved one’s death. Death benefits are paid directly to medical care and funeral services providers and to the deceased worker’s spouse and qualifying children or other relatives.
WHAT DO DEATH BENEFITS PROVIDE?
Workers’ compensation pays death benefits to immediate family members that are similar to the benefits provided to workers who suffer non-fatal injuries and illnesses. These benefits include weekly income benefits that are equal to two-thirds of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage at the time of the accident for 400 weeks or until the recipient is no longer eligible. The amount of the weekly benefits cannot exceed a maximum amount that is determined on an annual basis.
Other Benefits Include:
- Reimbursement of reasonable medical expenses
- Burial expenses up to $7,500.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Even in a straightforward death benefits claim, survivors may find that the employer or insurer disputes or acts slowly to process the claim. It is the insurance agency’s job to give you the smallest amount of recovery as possible, and it is our job to get you the full amount of compensation allowed by law. We can ensure that your claim is processed correctly and promptly. We have a proven track record of negotiating fair settlements and representing clients in hearings should their claims be challenged. Contact us at any of out four locations for a free consultation to see how we can put our experience to work for you.
WHY CONSULT WITH US
At Pasley, Nuce, Mallory & Davis, LLC, we have dedicated attorneys with known workers’ compensation knowledge and experience to help with death claims. Contact us at any of our four locations for a free consultation to see how we can put our experience to work for you.