Workers' Compensation Death Benefits
Applying for Death Benefits throughout New York
Work injuries can be catastrophic. In the worst cases, they can even be deadly, leaving families to deal with the loss of a loved one and everything they provided. In the unfortunate circumstance of a worker dying on the job, the family of the deceased worker needs legal representation. At Kirk & Teff, LLP, our New York workers’ comp attorneys understand how to help the families of deceased workers get the best possible outcome for their situation. If you lost a loved one to a work accident, call our team today to schedule your free consultation.
Benefits to Which You May Be Entitled
Employers are required to pay into a fund that provides for financial compensation in case of a serious work injury. In order to successfully obtain coverage for the loss of the employee, their families must prove that the death was directly caused by their employment.
The death of the worker may result from:
- A sudden accident with death occurring immediately
- Complications from the injury, resulting in death after a period of medical care
- Cumulative effects of the accident and/or related worsening of condition over time, causing death later on
Families may be entitled to:
- Hospital expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Wage loss replacement for dependents of the deceased
New York Workers' Compensation Law protects the families of injured workers, even while insurance carriers resist accepting responsibility and rarely pay death benefits voluntarily.
Act Now to Obtain the Best Possible Outcome
There is a strict time period within which to give written Notice of Claim to the employer and file a claim with the Workers' Compensation Board. Losing a family member and provider takes an emotional and financial toll. The family and dependents may be at a loss when the injured worker passes away.
The family can apply for workers' comp death benefits by filling out an application that includes the following documents:
- Application form "Claim for Compensation in a Death Case"
- Affidavit of dependent in a death case
- Medical report from deceased's doctor, preferably on Board form
- Certified Copy of the deceased's death certificate
- Proof of relationship to deceased including marriage certificates and birth certificates
- Funeral bills covering all expenses associated with burial
At Kirk & Teff, LLP, we assist the families of injured workers' to file their claim and fight for benefits usually denied in the aftermath of a work-related death. When necessary, we are prepared to litigate and take all necessary steps to ensure prompt and full payments of benefits.
Let our team help you and your family through this difficult time. We serve the Hudson Valley and the Capital District, including Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Hudson, Catskill, Albany, and Schenectady.
Dial (800) 400-8986 now to get started on your case.
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