Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits Attorneys Morris County, NJ
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Smith & Doran provide compassionate representation to surviving family members and other dependents of employees who have lost their lives as the result of a workplace accident, injury, or illness. Our attorneys understand that money cannot replace a parent or spouse; however, death benefits can provide financial support to a worker’s family after he or she is gone.
Senior partner Robert A. Smith personally handles all wrongful death and personal injury claims. Bob Smith is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney committed to building long-lasting partnerships with his clients. AV® Preeminent is the highest possible rating given by Martindale Hubbel Peer Review Ratings™, considered to be the industry standard in accurately scoring lawyers on a combination of their legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Eligibility for Death Benefits
After the death of an employee who suffered a work-related injury or illness, certain surviving individuals may become entitled to financial compensation as well as funeral costs. The surviving spouse and children who were part of the deceased worker’s household at the time of death are presumed to be dependents. Other dependents not living in the household, such as parents, siblings, or grandchildren, must prove actual dependency.
In most cases, the deceased worker’s employer or its insurer will contact the family after an employee has passed away, and will begin paying death benefits at that time. However, if this has not occurred, and you believe you are entitled to benefits, it may be necessary to contact the employer or the insurance company. Our attorneys have experience handling all aspects of death benefit claims, and we will work to ease your stress during this difficult time by resolving your claim as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
The Extent of Death Benefits in New Jersey
Surviving dependents entitled to death benefits will receive weekly payments of 70% the weekly wage of the deceased worker. The benefit amount is divided by the dependents as determined by a judge after a hearing on extent of dependency. The employer or its insurer is also responsible to pay up to $3,500 in funeral expenses for a job-related death. These funds are payable to whomever is responsible for the funeral bill, whether it’s the estate or an individual.
Dependent children are entitled to receive death benefits until they are 18 years old (or 23 years old for full-time students). If a child is mentally or physically disabled, he or she may be eligible for further benefits.
Contact a Morristown Work-Related Death Lawyer Today
Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, especially when the loss occurs suddenly as is often the case with work-related accidents. Let us help you through this difficult time by ensuring you receive financial support in the form of death benefits. For more information about your rights as a survivor under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation laws, please contact Smith & Doran today.