When someone you love dies unexpectedly, the loss is both emotionally and financially devastating. In order to ease the burden on surviving family members, employers often pay the funeral and burial expenses of the deceased worker. But what many people don’t realize is that workers' compensation laws may provide survivors with additional death benefits.
If a construction worker is killed on the job in New Jersey, workers' compensation benefits may be paid to a number of surviving family members, including:
- Minor children of the deceased
- Eligible adult children of the deceased
- Legal dependents
The amount of workers' compensation benefits may vary by state, but generally speaking, the amount a surviving spouse and dependent children receive is only a fraction of the income that the deceased would have earned if he were alive. In many cases, death benefits will not be enough to cover past expenses, leaving the family to cope with future bills and payments on their own.
If you believe that your loved one’s death was caused by negligence in the workplace, it is vital that you seek the advice of a trusted New Jersey construction accident lawyer. We can tell you if you have a viable wrongful death lawsuit, begin investigating the facts of your case, and help you and your family seek the maximum amount of compensation for your loss.
To find out if you and your family could be entitled to a settlement for a construction accident death, call the law team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. at (877) 360-0183 today to begin your FREE consultation with an attorney. You can also click the link on this page to learn more about worker’s compensation benefits in our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.