Stratford Workplace Fatal Accident Lawyer
Compassionate Representation for the Families of Fatal Work Accident Victims in Connecticut
Unexpectedly losing a loved one in a work-related accident is devastating. So many worries run through your mind as you grieve the loss of your husband, wife, mother or father. Although nothing can make up for what has taken place, workers’ compensation law provides monetary compensation for widows, widowers and children.
At Morizio Law Firm, P.C., in Bridgeport/Stratford, Connecticut, we provide significant experience in the area of workers’ compensation. We know the law and how it applies to dependents.
Let our legal team, led by a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist, handle the legalities during this difficult time while you focus on moving forward. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Stratford workplace accident lawyer.
Benefits For Dependents
In cases of an on-the-job injury leading to death, time is of the essence when filing a notice of claim. As difficult as it may be to think about speaking with a lawyer during these challenging times, waiting may make it impossible to collect the financial benefits you deserve.
Depending on the specific circumstances, widows and widowers may be entitled to benefits for the remainder of their lives or until they remarry. Children up to a certain age may also qualify for financial benefits.
Worker’s compensation death benefits include $4,000 in burial expenses, payable to whomever was financially responsible for the burial. Individuals who were wholly dependent on the deceased can receive benefits equal to 75% of the worker’s average weekly wage, subject to state minimums and maximums. How benefits get paid depends on whether the worker left behind a surviving spouse and/or dependent children.
Widows and Widowers
If a surviving spouse is the only dependent of the deceased, the spouse could receive benefits until death or remarriage. If there are also one or more dependent children who were either children of the widow/widower or who were living with the widow/widower, then benefits continue to be paid to the surviving spouse. However, if the children were neither children of the widow/widower nor living with the person, then benefits are divided between the children and the surviving spouse.
Minor children can receive workers’ compensation death benefits until they turn 18. Benefits are extended until age 22 if they are unmarried and enrolled as full-time students, or even longer if they are still working toward a degree at age 22. If any children are physically or mentally incapacitated from earning on their own, they could continue receiving benefits past age 18 and for as long as the disability lasts.
If the worker did not leave behind a surviving spouse or children, other dependents could receive death benefits for up to 312 weeks.
Help with the Full Range of Fatal Connecticut Workplace Accidents
We have the resources to investigate any type of death injury case and secure the benefits survivors need. Our firm can handle cases for the dependents of those killed in a variety of work situations, including:
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Helicopter accidents
- Machine accidents
- Highway maintenance workers hit by oncoming traffic
Death Of A Firefighter, Police Officer Or Corrections Officer
Working to protect the communities we live in is stressful. Many firefighters and peace officers suffer from stress-related heart disease and hypertension. A heart attack or stroke caused by work-related strain is, unfortunately, not uncommon. The law provides special statutes to protect the dependents of these individuals. Claims may not require as much proof as those in other categories.
Get Compensation Following Your Loved One’s Death
Losing a loved one is never easy, but life for you must go on. Let us help you secure the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. We provide compassion as well as aggressive representation. Contact us at 475-338-3505 or through email to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.