California Workers’ Compensation – Death Benefits
The California Workers’ Compensation system provides death benefits to the dependents of workers who die as a result of a work-related injury or illness. These benefits are intended to provide financial support to the surviving family members and dependents of the deceased worker.
The amount of death benefits that a dependent is entitled to receive depends on various factors, such as the worker’s earnings at the time of the injury and the number of dependents.
Generally, the death benefits include:
Burial expenses: Up to $10,000 for reasonable burial expenses.
In California, death benefits are usually paid as a flat sum to the beneficiaries, which could include:
$250,000 for one dependent or claimant.
$290,000 to be evenly split between two dependents or claimants.
$320,000 to be evenly split between three or more dependents or claimants.
Many deaths on the job may also involve misconduct of the employer, and if proven, the dependents may be entitled to a 50% increase in all benefits awarded.
If you’re a dependent of a worker who died as a result of a work-related injury or illness, consider consulting with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you understand your rights and options. We can be reached at 714-547-5025.