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Workers' Compensation Death Benefits in California
In the State of California, workers' compensation provides death benefits to surviving family members if a loved one has passed away as a result of a work-related injury or illness. These payments can be made to a spouse, children, or other dependents of the deceased individual. Because the victim is deceased, one of the surviving members of their family or representative must bring about the claim.
When a death is involved, workers' compensation can cover:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Death benefits
The purpose of the death benefits in workers' compensation is to offer compensation for the loss of financial support that their loved one would have provided. The benefits will vary depending on how many dependents of the deceased there are and whether or not they are partial dependents.
Understanding Workers' Compensation Death Benefits in California
When a loved one tragically loses their life due to a work-related injury or illness, their family may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. These benefits can provide financial support to the surviving dependents, including spouses, children, and other eligible family members.
At Alvandi Law Group, P.C., our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping families navigate the complex process of seeking workers' compensation death benefits in California. We understand the emotional and financial hardships that come with the loss of a loved one, and we are committed to providing compassionate counsel and maximum results for our clients.
Our team has a successful track record of securing substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we are proud to share our recent case victories. We invite you to read real client testimonials to see what our clients are saying about their experience with our firm.
If you have questions about workers' compensation death benefits or if you need assistance with your claim, we are here to help. Schedule your free consultation with our attorneys today. We are available 24/7 to put your case in the hands of experienced legal professionals. Contact us by calling (800) 980-6905 or filling out the form on this page.
You can find out what to expect by contacting our Orange County workers' compensation lawyers at Alvandi Law Group
- California Department of Industrial Relations - Workers' Compensation
- California Courts - Workers' Compensation Death Benefits
$4,400,000 Construction Site Accident
$1,500,000 Construction Site Accident
$850,000 Roofing Injury
$700,000 Chemical Exposure
$700,000 Office Work Injury
- Construction Site Accident $4,400,000
- Construction Site Accident $1,500,000
- Roofing Injury $850,000
- Chemical Exposure $700,000
- Office Work Injury $700,000
Compassionate Counsel. Maximum Results
At Alvandi Law Group, we understand what a difficult time loved ones are going through as they grieve the loss of a family member. Filing for workers' compensation may be the last thing on their mind. Not to mention, the process may appear complex and confusing, and few want to add even more stress to their lives. Fortunately, our team of experienced lawyers is well-equipped to handle any type of workers' compensation death benefits claims.
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Alvandi Law Group took my workers' comp case when others did not want to give me the time of day, My work was giving me the runaround and did not want to send me to a doctor. The attorneys' office quickly sent me out to a doctor. I had many many questions and Sheila and Veronica have been very patient with me in answering them. They have helped me get benefits while I am out of work.- Junior
What are the leading causes of workplace deaths?
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is one of the worst industries in terms of worker deaths each year, year after year. Furthermore, there are four different safety hazards that tend to cause the most workplace deaths, which OSHA calls the “Fatal Four.” The OSHA Fatal Four is comprised of falls from heights, electrical exposures, struck-by-falling object accidents, and caught-in/between accidents involving heavy machinery.
How much time do you have to file a death benefits claim?
In California, the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims is one year from the date of the work-related accident. If you need to claim death benefits through workers’ compensation, then the statute of limitations will likely be the same one year, which is not much time. But if you are pursuing damages through a wrongful death claim filed in civil court, then the statute of limitations is two years. To be sure you do not miss any important deadlines, you should always work with an experienced attorney.
Does it matter if my loved one’s mistake might have caused the fatal workplace accident?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, which means that it is not necessary for the claimant to prove that they were not liable for their accident, injuries, and damages. In a death benefits claim, the same no-fault system should still apply. If the employer says that your loved one made a mistake that caused their untimely passing, like forgetting to secure their own harness on a scaffolding, then you should still be eligible to file for those benefits.
Can I sue for other damages if I get death benefits?
Typically, once you use the workers’ compensation insurance system to get death benefits and related damages, you cannot get additional damages through a civil injury claim, especially not if you want to file that claim against the employer. However, if your loved one’s fatal workplace accident was caused by a third party, then you might be able to file a claim against that party and demand damages not rewarded through workers’ compensation. For example, if a vendor visiting the property inadvertently caused the fatal accident, then you could demand pain and suffering damages – as well as any other damage not already provided through workers’ comp – from that vendor and/or their employer.
Can you get more damages after accepting a wrongful death settlement?
Once you sign a wrongful death settlement, it is essentially impossible to come back later and ask for more compensation. In virtually all settlement agreements, there will be a clause that says the liable party or defendant is cleared of any future liability, no matter what new evidence and damages arise. For this reason, it is crucial to speak with an experienced attorney before signing any agreement.