Death Claims: California’s Workers Compensation System

death claimsIf you were financially-dependent on a person who died on the job, then you may be entitled to death benefits. The purpose of death benefits is to make sure that the surviving members are able to take care of themselves. Not only are you entitled to death benefits, but the employer or insurance company may be required to pay for burial expenses.

Am I Eligible for Death Benefits?

You may be able to get death benefits if you were financially-dependent on the person who died. You can also receive benefits if you were a member of the person’s family. Additionally, you can receive benefits if you were a part of the deceased person’s household. Examples of people who may be able to receive benefits include the following.

  • Children, which includes stepchildren and adopted children
  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Nieces and nephews
  • Aunts and uncles

People who are in one of the following categories will automatically be entitled to death benefits.

  • Children who are under the age of 18
  • Adult children who cannot work due to a mental or physical disability
  • A spouse whose income is under $30,000

Keep in mind that multiple people may be entitled to compensation. People have to be able to prove that they were dependent on the person’s benefits.

How Long Do I Have to File A Claim?

You have up to one year to file a claim after the person died. You also have up to 240 weeks to file a claim after the injury.

Call The Law Offices of Steven M. Sobo

You need to contact an Olympic Workers Compensation Attorney if you are interested in collecting death benefits. Workers compensation attorneys Los Angeles can help you put together the evidence you need to support your claim. A Ventura County workers compensation attorney can help you collect all of the benefits that you need.


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