By law, a number of workers’ compensation benefits are available for dependents when a worker has died in a work-related accident. As with every other area of workers’ compensation benefits, the regulations can be complex and confusing. Among other issues, the maximum and minimum amounts change every year.
The insurance carrier and employer may not inform the family about all available benefits. At the Eley Law Firm, we have protected the rights of injured workers and their families since 1983. We understand the law, and attorney Cliff Eley fights for the rights of bereaved families throughout Colorado.
Dependents Have A Right To Death Benefits
When a loved one dies in an on-the-job accident, dependents need the security of workers’ compensation dependence and death benefits to help make up for the worker’s support. There are lifetime benefits for a dependent widow or widower. If the widow or widower remarries, a two-year lump sum will be paid (unless there was a previous lump-sum payment).
Whether or not someone is a dependent will be determined as of the date of the worker’s injury. If Social Security benefits are available, the workers’ compensation benefits will be reduced by 50 percent of those benefits. There is also a funeral and burial benefit.
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
If a loved one died in an accident at work, the family needs to be aware of any and all available benefits. Call the Eley Law Firm in Denver today at 303-785-2828 for a free case evaluation. You may also fill out the email form on the Contact page, and a representative from the office will be in touch with you shortly.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you understand your workers’ compensation rights.