Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

What are Death Benefits?

If your loved one was injured on the job or developed an occupational illness that led to death, there are remedies that may be available to the loved one’s family to help with the financial burden and loss of financial support.  Workers’ compensation insurance can offer a loved one’s family death benefits to help compensate for the loss of emotional and financial support.  These death benefits can come in the form of weekly cash benefit and funeral expenses.

What are Funeral Expenses?

Death benefits may also include the funeral expenses for the deceased love one, up to a certain amount.  In New York, the amount of the funeral expenses can differ depending in what county the deceased lived in.  For example, if your deceased loved one lived upstate, the maximum funeral expenses that the family can receive is $10,500.00.  Conversely, if the deceased lived downstate, the funeral expenses may be a maximum of $12,500.00.  The benefit amount for funeral expenses may also change depending on the deceased’s profession.

What are Indemnity Benefits?

Indemnity benefits are benefits that the spouse and/or children to help with the financial loss associated with the death of their loved one.  These benefits continue through the spouse’s life and until his or her death, except in the event of remarriage.  If the spouse remarried they may receive a lump-sum payment worth 2 years benefits.

If your loved one lost his or her life in a workplace accident, or as a result of an occupational disease, it is essential to know your rights. You should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.