What Are Workers' Compensation Death Benefits?
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Was their death caused by a work-related injury? If so, surviving family members may be entitled to receive benefits. Even if the death was not related to your relative's job, you still may be able to receive benefits that they had accrued during their time at the company. Dealing with a death is never easy, but if you have questions or concerns regarding the deceased's death benefits, contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord today.
Non-Work-Related Injury Death
As a beneficiary, you may be entitled to receive the benefits that the deceased accrued during their employment. These benefits are generally provided as a lump sum, but in some situations may be paid in weekly benefits packages to the family. These situations can be sensitive, and some employers will provide only low amounts of benefits to the deceased's family. If you feel that you are being low-balled or facing complications from the employer, then it is important that you work with an attorney.
Work-Related Injury Death
These deaths can be especially difficult because they are almost always preventable. On top of regular benefits received from the employer, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. If the death was caused by a work-related accident, the beneficiaries of the deceased victim will receive at least two-thirds of the average weekly pay, and the employer will pay for funeral expenses up to $5,000.
Under Missouri law, you only have 30 days after the death to notify the Division of Workers' Compensation and apply for benefits. With such a limited amount of time, it is important that you contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord as soon as possible.
Assisting Your Family
With the help of our dedicated team, you and your family may be able to receive the compensation that you deserve. Dealing with a death is never easy, but it can be bearable to know that everything is being done to bring the wrongful party to justice and to receive the benefits that you so greatly need to help cope during this time - and that your loved one worked so hard to earn during their lifetime. Our legal team has years of experience in handling workers' compensation cases and procuring favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients. Do not hesitate to contact our firm after a death.