Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits & Entitlements
Losing a loved one can be traumatic in any circumstance, but particularly when your loss is unexpected. Occupational deaths are tragic and can leave families reeling from the shock of the loss; unfortunately, they occur in Arizona every year. If you recently lost a loved one from an on-the-job accident, you may also have to worry about how you’ll address a sudden loss in income. The workers’ compensation system in Arizona offers death benefits to certain individuals when they lose a loved one due to a job-related accident. Learn about your legal options as a survivor and when to contact a Phoenix workers’ comp death lawyer like the ones we have here at Cruz & Associates.
What Are Arizona Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits?
The workers’ compensation system offers benefits to workers who sustain an on-the-job injury. In the event that an occupational accident leads to death, surviving family members may collect death benefits to address a loss in income. Usually, death benefits are limited to spouses, children, and other family members who relied on the deceased employee financially. These individuals are referred to as “dependents.”
Every family dynamic is different. In some cases, you may qualify to receive survivor’s benefits, even if you think you won’t. Since the laws surrounding workers’ compensation can be difficult to interpret, it is essential to seek advice from a Phoenix workers’ compensation death attorney. The Phoenix workers’ compensation death lawyers at Cruz & Associates can review the facts of your case and help you determine if you qualify for benefits. We’re committed to helping you understand your rights as survivors of a workplace tragedy. Request a free case review.
What Do Death Benefits Cover?
If a loved one dies as the result of an accident or injury involving their employment, you can collect certain benefits under Arizona law. Some of these benefits include:
- Compensation for medical expenses relating to the final injury or illness
- A burial allowance up to $5,000
- Wage replacement benefits, or payments related to temporary total disability
Death benefits apply to a wide variety of circumstances and aren’t limited to the loss of an employee’s life while on the job. You may receive death benefits even if your loved one’s job responsibilities indirectly led to his or her death.. For example, if your loved one had an underlying medical condition that wasn’t related to work, but his or her job exacerbated the condition, you may be able to collect death benefits.
How Much Can I Collect?
The amount of death benefits you can receive is typically up to 2/3rds (or 66 percent) of your loved one’s salary at the time of death.
At Cruz & Associates, we understand that the death of a loved one takes an emotional, mental, and financial toll. These strains can cause duress at a time that is already full of strife and uncertainty. As one of Phoenix’s most experienced workers’ compensation law firms, Cruz & Associates has the resources and commitment to help victims of occupational accidents gain death benefits after a loved one’s passing.
We want to help your family by assisting you with your workers’ compensation death claim and helping you understand your rights under Arizona workers’ compensation law. For more information or to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm, please contact us.