Death Benefits

Death Benefits - St. Louis Death Benefits Attorney

A spouse is entitled to receive these benefits until death or remarriage.

If the work injury or disease results in death, the worker’s dependents may be entitled to a weekly check. The benefit is split equally between a surviving spouse and minor dependent children. A spouse is entitled to receive these benefits until death or remarriage. Minor children normally receive the benefit until the age of 18 but can be extended for a longer period under certain circumstances.

The right to workers compensation death benefits is usually created by state law and details of the program vary among the states. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the law in your particular jurisdiction. If you are the family member or dependent of an employee who died from an injury or sickness incurred in the course of his or her employment, a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can advise you about workers compensation death benefits.

Beneficiaries

In most states, the designation of appropriate beneficiaries of workers compensation death benefits looks at two main relationships.

  • Dependents
  • Members of deceased’s family or household

Death benefits are designed to provide monetary support for those people who will suffer most from the worker’s death. Naturally, those dependent upon the worker for financial support will be negatively impacted by the death. Some states differentiate between those wholly and those partially dependent, with preference for naming the completely dependent people beneficiaries over those only partially dependent. In some states, partially dependent individuals receive reduced awards. Do not delay in obtaining legal advice and filing an application; your state probably has time limits for applying. A skilled workers compensation lawyer at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can answer your questions.

Free Workers Compensation Consultations for your Death Benefits

Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Contact our St. Louis, Missouri workers compensation law firm to ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form. All communications are returned promptly.