Workers' Compensation death benefits can help your family pay bills and buy groceries if you die from a work-related injury. It will not replace your full income, and in most cases, it does not last a lifetime, but it can make a big difference to your family in their time of need. If you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident or to an occupational injury, you may be entitled to Workers' Compensation death benefits. The compassionate North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys of White & Stradley, LLP can help you determine if you are eligible and help you file your claim.
Widows or widowers and minor children are automatically considered "wholly dependent" under North Carolina Worker's Compensation law, and get first priority. When there is no surviving spouse or minor child, other may qualify as wholly or partially dependent, and may be entitled to payments or a share of the payments.
Next of Kin
If there are no dependents, adult children, parents, or siblings of the deceased worker may be entitled to Workers' Compensation death benefits.
Workers' Compensation pays up to $3,500 in burial expenses even when there is no one who qualifies for death benefits.
Time limits do apply. Workers' Compensation death benefits are only available to those whose loved ones have died within six years of their accident or within two years of being declared disabled.
If you have lost a loved one to a work-related accident or if you have been injured on the job or are living with an occupational illness, please contact the experienced North Carolina Workers' Compensation attorneys of White & Stradley, LLP to learn more about Workers' Compensation death benefits and how they may apply to your situation.