Death Benefits

Queens Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits Attorneys

Representing bereaved families after the loss of a loved one

Workplace injuries and illnesses can lead to a person’s death. The loss of a loved one is devastating to the family left behind. While the deceased provided financial and emotional support, their family is left with the burden of lost wages, overwhelming funeral expenses and the loss of companionship. If a worker dies, his or her family may be entitled to weekly cash benefits. It is important to discuss this matter with an attorney. The Law Offices of George Poulos has represented countless families of lost workers. Our firm has over 25 years of experience helping families focus on healing while we focus on their rights under NYS workers’ compensation laws. If you need an effective legal team, contact The Law Offices of Attorney George Poulos for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.

Death Benefits under Workers’ Compensation Laws

If a worker dies from an injury or illness that would have entitled them to disability benefits, his or her family may be awarded cash benefits to compensate them for the loss of emotional and financial support. One must file an Affidavit for Death Benefits with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. Benefits can include funeral expenses and weekly cash benefits.

Funeral expenses

If you lose a loved one to a work-related accident or illness, the insurance company should pay for the funeral expenses up to a certain amount depending on your location. If the deceased lived upstate, the funeral expenses will max out at $10,500. If the deceased lived downstate, funeral expenses can max out at $12,500. Knowing the county that applies to you is important and consulting with an attorney is in your best interests.

Indemnity ($) benefits

In addition to financial support for funeral expenses, the loved ones of the deceased may be entitled to indemnity benefits. The state determines this number to be two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage in the year prior to the accident subject to a statutory maximum. This can be paid to the surviving spouse and/or minor children, or, dependents.

Contact our firm

Losing a loved one is devastating. When a work injury takes the life of a family member, it is important to have compassionate and effective legal support through tough times. The Law Offices of George Poulos has over 25 years of experience protecting families. For assistance, contact The Law Offices of George Poulos for a consultation.