If you have lost a loved one as a result of a work accident, our hearts go out to you. No situation is more tragic than this. While we cannot bring your family member back, we can help your family obtain the benefits you need, which hopefully will provide you with some measure of justice and closure. Workers’ compensation laws are typically the authority in these types of cases; however, in some situations you may be able to sue a third party for contributing to your loved one’s death.
You could be entitled to death benefits if you are the decedent’s spouse, child, or other dependent who received financial support as a result of their income.
If you fall into any of the categories listed above, a workers’ compensation insurance company will have to pay for reasonable burial expenses and provide you (and all other dependents) with death benefits. If one dependent is involved, $250,000 will be paid, if two dependents are involved, $290,000 will be paid and if three or more dependents are involved, $320,000 will be paid. Partial dependents can receive death benefits if there are no total dependents if or only one total dependent is involved.
You have one year from the date of your loved one’s death to file for benefits. Do not deal with the additional hardship of a financial crisis following your family member’s death. If you need help with your claim, our legal team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation has the knowledge and experience necessary to lend a helping hand.
With more than 130 years of combined legal experience and qualifications that include serving as a former workers’ compensation attorney, you can count on us to effectively handle your case.