If a catastrophic workplace accident or exposure caused the death of your loved one, please reach out to our firm so we can help guide you through the workers’ compensation system during this difficult time. While we understand that no amount of money can erase the pain you experience after the loss of someone you love, obtaining death benefits after a family member is killed on the job can help relieve some of the financial stress you’re experiencing so you can focus on healing.
You’ve been through enough. You should not have to worry about how you’re going to pay for funeral expenses after someone you care about has died. Or how you will make ends meet when the financial support your loved one provided is no longer there. If a workplace accident has taken the life of your spouse or parent, let us help. You may be entitled to receive money for burial expenses. You may also be awarded death benefits that could pay out for the rest of your life. Give us a call today at 702-822-4444 to find out more about how we can help you put your life back together.
Not everyone who has lost a loved one to an on the job accident will be eligible to file a claim for death benefits. In Nevada, only the deceased employee’s spouse, minor children, and some other dependents may collect death benefits through workers’ compensation.
To win a claim for death benefits through the workers’ compensation system in Nevada, a workplace accident or exposure must be the primary cause of death. A death benefits claim must include:
Claims for death benefits must be filed within one year from the date the worker died. They are completely separate from the workers’ compensation claim the employee files while he or she is alive. Death claims can be filed regardless of whether a claim for work injuries was ever filed by the deceased.
If your loved one dies due to a work injury, getting the benefits you and your family members deserve can be tricky enough, but understanding how the money is paid is a whole other ballgame. We’ll help you work through the legal maze so you can better understand what to expect. In the meantime, here is an overview of how a death benefits claim works.
If you are the surviving spouse of the worker who was killed, you may be entitled to receive up to two-thirds of the worker’s average monthly wage for the rest of your life. To qualify, you must have been married to the worker at the time of his or her death. Ex-spouses do not qualify. In Nevada, benefits payments are capped at 150% of the state average weekly wage multiplied by 4.33. The maximum benefits amount is adjusted on June 30 of every year. The family situation of the deceased employee impacts how death benefits are split.
When no surviving spouse or children exist, other family members may qualify to receive death benefits.
Partial dependency payments may also be available for relatives of the deceased worker if they are partially dependent on his or her financial support. If you were partially dependent on someone who was killed at work, you’ll need to prove dependency and that you were related in some way. If you are the ex-spouse of the worker, you won’t be eligible. If you qualify, we can help you obtain partial dependency payments for up to 100 months.
If your loved one was killed on the job, give us a call right away. To be eligible for monthly death benefits and up to $10,000 in benefits for burial expenses, you’ll need to file a claim before time runs out. Reach out to us so we can get started helping you put your life back together. Call 702-822-4444.