Does The Family Of A Deceased Worker Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The spouse and eligible children of a worker who died on the job receive varying percentages of the deceased worker’s salary. If the worker and spouse had no children or their children are ineligible to receive benefits, then the spouse receives 50 percent of the salary. If the worker and spouse had children, then an additional 15 percent is allotted to each child until the age of 18, or 23 if attending higher education. If you have lost a family member in an industrial accident, it is wise to first consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer.
For instance, a man working on the new pedestrian bridge over the Brazos River in Waco, Texas recently died in an industrial accident, according to The Waco Tribune. The victim and a coworker were strapped to a large boom that fell from the bridge and into the freezing waters below. One worker managed to free himself from his harness, but the other drowned. The worker’s death raises necessary questions concerning the efficacy of construction harnesses and the degree to which the employer was aware of their potential hazards.
I Need A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Immediately
The Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC legal team has over 80 years of combined experience defending the rights of injured workers, whistleblowers and their families. In the event of any workplace injury, fatal or not, contact us immediately for a free consultation. Our national workers’ compensation attorneys have the experience and resources to guide you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. For more information or the opportunity to discuss your particular circumstance, call us today at (614) 221-7548.
Did You Know: According to the Department of Labor, children of a deceased worker can receive benefits after turning 18 if attending college.
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Source: http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/baylor/construction-worker-missing-after-accident-on-baylor-stadium-project/article_e105204e-4e9d-560d-bd85-e15b9a03972f.html, http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/regs/compliance/feca550q.htm#Q77