A variety of different workplaces contain hazards that can be harmful to employees’ health and safety. Though workers’ compensation is designed to assist workers while they recover from their injuries, family members might also be eligible for benefits in the tragic event of the employee’s death.
Workers’ Memorial Day is held on April 28 each year. It is a time to remember the workers who passed away while performing their duties, as well as an opportunity for employees to push for safer working conditions.
Like many states, West Virginia’s workers’ compensation program provides benefits to the decedent’s spouse and dependent children. Death benefits include burial expenses and financial support in the form of a percentage of the worker’s average weekly wage.
When a loved one dies from injuries sustained on the job, no amount of money can bring the person back. However, the purpose of death benefits in workers’ compensation claims is to offset the financial toll on immediate family members who have lost the source of their household income – a substantial burden for people who are already grieving the loss of a loved one.
The laws governing workers’ compensation are complex. Furthermore, employers and insurance carriers can dispute or deny a worker’s claim.
For all of these reasons and more, it is very important for families dealing with the aftermath of an on-the-job injury to seek an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can fight for the employee’s rights.
If you were hurt or a loved one died at work, please call Jim Leach, L.C., at (304) 865-8530 for a no-cost consultation. Our Morgantown workers’ compensation lawyers serve working people throughout West Virginia.