Assisting Families After A Workplace Death
If you lose a family member in a workplace-related accident, you may not know what to do next. While grieving, you may be additionally concerned about your financial future. If your loved one was your family’s main source of income, you may be unable to afford mortgage payments and other bills without them. While nothing can replace your loved one, Morgan & Justice can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits or file a third-party wrongful death claim to provide the financial support you need.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits After Death
If your loved one dies in a workplace accident, our attorneys can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits. To submit a claim, you must be at least partially dependent upon the deceased individual, and they must be a direct member of your family. This can include a spouse, siblings, children and parents. Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) determines just weekly benefit payments after analyzing the deceased’s past wages and number of dependents. A spouse can receive weekly payments until they either remarry or pass. Children can receive benefits until the age of 18 or 25 if they are full-time students.
Pursuing A Wrongful Death Claim
Under Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws, you may not sue an employer for your loved one’s death. However, you can file a wrongful death claim against a third party whose negligence or recklessness contributed to their death. This can include:
- An equipment manufacturer
- A co-worker or supervisor
- A property owner
Our experienced attorneys will analyze the circumstances of their death and help you pursue a plan that maximizes compensation. We may recommend filing for workers’ compensation benefits only, a wrongful death suit or both.
Contact Us For Compassionate Guidance
A loved one’s death is overwhelming. Our lawyers will act as your trusted advocates and ensure that your rights and best interests are protected. If your loved one passes in a fatal accident, call our compassionate legal team at 800-948-6200 or 614-258-1133 to discuss your options during a free initial consultation. You may also contact us online.
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- Types Of Work Injuries
- Maximizing Your Compensation
- Medical Treatment
- Workers’ Compensation Appeals
- Will I Lose My Job?
- Employer Violation Of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR)
- Was Your Claim Denied?
- Unable To Work Due To Injury
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