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Fatal Work Accidents & Injuries

Workers' Comp Death Claims

If you or your family have suffered the tragic loss of a spouse or loved one as the result of a workplace accident or a disease caused by working conditions, you are entitled to receive death benefits under their workers' compensation insurance coverage. It may also be possible to receive additional compensation if it can be shown that other "third party" liability can be established as having been a contributory cause.

As a father and son legal practice, we are dedicated to personally helping each of our clients with their legal problems. The difficult times following the tragic and unexpected death of a loved one can be particularly trying and we do everything possible to handle the legal side of it efficiently and smoothly.

If the circumstances of the fatal accident require further investigation we can provide the resources necessary to do so. If it appears that the accident or injuries were the result of a third party that should be held liable, including such things as defective products or equipment, we can advise you on your legal options.

Workers' Compensation Death Benefits

The death benefits available to surviving dependents equal two-thirds of their average weekly wage. They continue for different amounts of time depending of their relationship to the deceased. A spouse will get such benefits for the rest of his or her life or until they remarry.

Workers' compensation settlements are paid through an insurance company and like all such companies, they often attempt to reduce or modify the claims presented to them for payment. Having the legal representation of an experienced worker comp lawyer to protect your rights can help you seek the full settlement you are entitled to.

Dependent children can receive benefits until they reach the age of 18 unless they are still in school, in which case the benefits may continue until they are 21. The employer will pay for funeral and burial services as well as any medical expenses required prior to their death.

Who Can Receive Death Benefits?

In Colorado anyone who is a dependent (someone who relied on the employee for financial support) may be eligible to receive death benefits. This normally includes:

  • The workers' spouse (as long as they were living with the worker at the time of their death)
  • Children up to the age of 18, or 21 (if enrolled full-time in school)
  • If there are no children or spouse, extended family including grandparents, grandchildren, or adult children may be eligible but will need to prove that they were financially dependent on the worker

Workers' Comp Death Benefits FAQ:

How long do I have to file my claim?

Colorado law requires beneficiaries to file their claim for death benefits within 2 years of the workers' death

Will death benefits cover funeral costs?

Yes. Normally workers' compensation insurance will cover up to $7,000 for funeral expenses.

For more information and help to file for and receive all the benefits you deserve, call our offices for an appointment. Contact a Loveland Workers' Comp Lawyer!

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