Losing a loved one in a workplace accident can have a profound effect on family members. Besides the emotional loss they experience, they may also face an uncertain future, financially speaking. If this has happened to you, our firm will strive to do everything possible to help you recover the maximum amount of benefits possible under the workers’ compensation laws in Louisiana.
We have a thorough understanding of the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. As a result, we endeavor to protect the rights of her clients.
According to Louisiana law, immediate family members whose loved one was fatally injured on the job have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim for death and burial benefits. The death benefits typically replace a certain percentage of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage, while the burial benefits usually cover the funeral costs. If the decedent left a spouse, he or she may collect the benefits until death or remarriage. Benefits may also extend to the decedent’s children until they turn 18 or until 23 if they are a student.
While many fatal workplace accidents occur instantly, such as when an employee falls from a ladder, or dies in a car accident, or in an explosion, fire or structural collapse, we are also aware that some job-related injuries can turn fatal, such as a brain injury. No matter how complex the case, our goal is to do all we can to help you recover compensation for the loss of your loved one.
If your family member suffered a fatal job-related injury, we may be able to help. Please visit our webpage on fatal workplace accidents for more information about the services that we provide.