Workers’ Compensation Dependent Benefits: How Can They Help Me After My Family Member Died on the Job?
Recently, a tree-removal worker died in Bernards Twp, NJ after he was hit by a falling 4-foot, 40 pound tree limb. Employees of Tamke Tree Experts were cutting down a large tree at the Sky Farm club when the accident occurred. The worker, who was wearing safety gear and a hard hat, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A work-related death is a family’s worst nightmare. Mourning the loss of a spouse is painful enough; now you have to figure out how to pay the bills and care for your children. Although nothing can ease the sadness of losing a husband or wife, a mother or a father, dependents of the deceased are entitled New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits.
The surviving spouse and any children under the age of 18 (or 23 if the child is a full-time student) are considered dependents. The family may be eligible to receive death benefits, which are weekly payments that provide 70% of the weekly wage of the deceased worker. This amount cannot exceed the maximum benefit amount established annually by the Commissioner of Labor.
The employer or its insurance carrier is responsible to pay up to $3,500 in funeral expenses for a job-related death. Please speak with a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney to learn more. A qualified New Jersey attorney can walk you through the case and get the benefits your family needs.
New Jersey Workers' Compensation attorney Manfred Ricciardelli can assist you with all your NJ Worker’s Comp needs. For more information on work-related injuries, you can contact us at (973) 285-1100.