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Workers' compensation death benefits are monetary benefits awarded to the family members and/or dependents of an employee that dies from a work-related injury or illness. These benefits vary by state and are subject to certain limitations.
In California, workers' compensation death benefits include funeral and burial expenses not to exceed $10,000 (as of January 1, 2013), and a percentage of the deceased's wages to compensate for lost income. The amount of these benefits depends upon the number of dependents, either full or partial. Spouses of the deceased are usually entitled to receive workers' compensation death benefits usually until death or remarriage, while children and dependents can receive benefits until they are of legal age.
Workers' compensation death benefits vary state by state and change frequently. The amount of the benefits paid can depend upon the number of beneficiaries and the relationship between the beneficiaries and the deceased. Similarly, statutes of limitation can put restrictions on when a claim might or might not be opened.
Filing a claim for workers' compensation death benefits can be complicated and exhausting. Sufficient evidence will be required to prove the death occurred because of a work-related accident, injury or illness. If a specific accident did not occur, and/or if witnesses were not present, medical opinions may be required to prove the death was directly related to work.
Suffering from the loss of a loved one due to a fatal work-related accident or illness can be devastating to say the least. Consequences often include insurance issues, medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and severe depression or trauma. An attorney experienced in workers' compensation death benefits can provide extensive assistance in evaluating your case, collecting evidence, explaining workers' compensation laws, opening a claim, and taking the stress off of you and your family. A Workers' Compensation Lawyer can fight for your rights to ensure you get the most compensation possible to help you with your losses.
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