Most people know that if someone they are dependent on is hurt at work, that person can claim workers’ compensation in order to recoup some of the financial losses suffered as a result of the injury. Not many people know, however, that if a worker’s injuries ultimately result in that person’s death, people who are dependent on that person’s income can usually claim death benefits from their state.
Most states have a death benefits program built into their workers’ compensation benefits. However, the guidelines for collecting death benefits and who qualifies vary from state to state. That is why it is important to hire a New York workers’ compensation attorney to help you sort out the complicated matter of death benefits after the loss of a loved one.
In most states, death benefits can be collected by a spouse, child, or other dependent who relied on the financial support of the person who suffered a work-related injury that led to their dad. Some states give greater benefits to people who are considered wholly dependent on the person who was killed. People who are only partially dependent on the person, such as a spouse who also works, can usually claim smaller sums.
A knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can help you sort through the complicated matter of receiving any death benefits that you might be due as the result of your loved one’s tragic death. Contact Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman today to enlist our help!