Heartbreaking. That is the word that comes to my mind each and every time a loved one is lost. While it is a difficult time to consider how and why a work-related death occurred, it is important to have the cause of death investigated as soon as possible. There is often more than one area of law involved, and there could be short time periods to file and protect those claims. Here are some general considerations you should know:
A Specific Injury
Thomas has represented many families who have lost a loved one due to an accident while working. Often, the claims adjuster will calculate the “death benefit” without investigation of the additional benefits that may be owed. For example, burial expense may be owed, and the workers’ compensation death benefit may increase due to the number of dependents. Also, depending on how the injury occurred, the employer may owe an additional 50% of the benefits for its misconduct.
Also – and importantly – if a company other than the employer also contributed to the accident, there may be additional claims that the family can make in civil court.
Death Caused By A Work Related Injury Or Condition
If you have questions about the death benefit owed, or suspect that work may have played a role in the death of a loved one, please feel free to give us a call.
The consultation is always free.