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Death Claims

Workplace Death Claims

Santa Clarita Attorneys

Fatal workplace injuries climbed dramatically in 2016, rising by 7% over the number of work-related deaths the previous year. While California had the fourth lowest rate of deaths in the U.S. last year, nearly 400 workers still passed away, in large part because the state acts as the nation’s biggest jobs engine.

When a worker loses their life on the job, their surviving dependents are entitled to receive benefits. Known as “death benefits”, this type of compensation is available to the deceased’s spouse, children or other dependents who relied on the worker for financial support.

At The Bridgeford Law Office, we provide all of our clients with personalized attention throughout the entirety of their claim. Attorneys Mark K. Bridgeford, Gary W. Allen, Rebecca L. Roupe, and Emily C. Peterson always return client calls and maintain direct communication through the entire claims process.

Call (661) 771-3004 for a consultation.

Who Is Eligible For Death Benefits?

If an employee passes away, their total dependents and partial dependents are eligible to receive death benefits. Total dependents are individuals who completely relied on the deceased for financial support, while partial dependents only partly relied on the deceased for support. According to California law, the following members of the deceased’s family are automatically considered to be total dependents:

  • Children under 18
  • Children of any age who are physically or mentally incapacitated
  • A spouse who earned $30,000 or less in the 12 months before the worker’s death

Other individuals, such as an elderly father or incapacitated cousin, may also qualify as dependents if it can be proven that they relied on the workers for food, clothing and other living expenses.

What Amounts Are Due?

For those who qualify as dependents, they may receive compensation for burial expenses and death benefits. Workers’ compensation must pay for reasonable burial expenses, with a maximum amount of $10,000. If the death took place before January 1, 2013, the amount is $5,000.

The amount of death benefits due is determined by the number of dependents. In California, the amounts paid out are $250,000 for 1 total dependent, $290,000 for 2 total dependents, and $320,000 for 3 or more total dependents. Death benefits are usually given in installment payments. If there are partial dependents, additional amounts are awarded. However, they may only receive benefits if there is only one total dependent or less.

At The Bridgeford Law Office, we provide representation in all aspects of workers’ compensation. If you want to talk to one of our Santa Clarita work accident lawyers, call (661) 771-3004 today.

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  • 19 Years of Experience in the Santa Clarita Valley in Your Corner
  • Attorneys Allen and Bridgeford Are Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California
  • Open Lines of Communication and Direct Attention from Our Dedicated Attorneys
  • Personalized Legal Care Where We Treat All Clients Like Family
  • We Take the Time to Listen to Your Needs During a Confidential Initial Assessment

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