Compensation Benefits for Fatal Workplace Accidents
Compassionate Worker’s Comp Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
Employees have the right to a safe work environment. If an employer is negligent in providing the appropriate equipment or enforcing proper protocol, they endanger their workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported 4,679 work-related deaths in 2014. That amounts to almost 90 deaths a week and an average of 13 deaths a day. The construction industry accounts for a majority of fatal accidents that occur in the workplace.
The pain of losing a loved one escalates when you know the accident or occupational illness was preventable. At Levinson Axelrod, our Worker’s compensation attorneys help family members seek the recovery they deserve for their loss. We have over 75 years of experience helping our clients obtain large sum settlements and verdicts.
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Employer Negligence Can Prove Fatal
If your loved one passed away while completing a task for their job, you and your family may be eligible for compensation. The employer has an obligation to protect their workers. They are obligated to have Worker’s compensation insurance or must be an approved self-insurance provider. In many cases, fatal workplace accidents occur because of an employer’s negligence.
Common reasons for fatal accidents include:
- Failure to implement and adhere to safety regulations
- Lack of safety equipment and gear
- Poorly maintained work equipment and machines
- Exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals
- Failure to provide employee training
When a worker dies while performing a job-related task, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits under worker’s compensation laws. Dependents include spouses, children, and parents.
Death benefits include:
- Up to $3,500 for funeral expenses
- 70% of deceased’s weekly wages up to a maximum benefit amount the Commissioner of Labor establishes every year
Compassionate Advocates Fighting on Your Behalf
If your loved one passed away in a fatal workplace accident, contact our New Jersey Worker’s compensation attorneys today. We offer comprehensive legal representation from specialists in the field. Our pursuit for excellence has allowed us to recover over $1 billion collectively for our clients since opening in 1939. We understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one in a preventable accident. When you hire our firm, you can rest assured that leading attorneys in the field represent you. We do not settle for second best. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and seek the compensation you deserve.