Workers’ Compensation Death Claims
Did You Lose a Loved One in a Workplace Accident?
Across the U.S. hundreds of workers die in accidents on the job every year. Many families are unaware that there are family benefits available through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance plan.
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The attorneys at Denman Lerner Gundy Co., L.P.A., have been working on behalf of injured workers and their families in northeastern Ohio for over 15 years. Since opening our firm, we have become recognized for our capacity to handle the most complex workers’ compensation death claims successfully. Call 216-245-0498 to speak to a lawyer at one of our offices in Mayfield Heights, Cleveland, Twinsburg, Independence, Mentor, Russell or Westlake.
We handle everything for the spouse and family, including:
- Gathering all necessary reports and documentation
- Handling medical records
- Investigating the circumstances of the fatality
- Preparing the family for the hearing
- Representing the family members at the hearing
Two Types of Workers’ Compensation Wrongful Death Claims
Surviving spouses and family members have two options for recovering workers’ compensation benefits after losing a loved one because of an accident or disease acquired as a result of work. In the event of an accident, the facts and circumstances generally dictate the requirements of filing a successful claim. Circumstances often leave employers few options other than to approve the claim. There may also be circumstances that allow the surviving family members to file a civil lawsuit against a third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective product. The family may benefit from a settlement from workers’ comp insurance, as well as a settlement with the liable third party.
Surviving family members may also sue for workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a fatal illness contracted because of exposure to a harmful work environment. For example, thousands of asbestos workers have died after contracting mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos fibers entering the lung walls. Plaintiffs will need to show a direct connection between the harmful work environment and the death. These types of claims require extensive understanding of complex medical conditions and the negligence that resulted in contracting the disease.
Call Today for Your Free Consult
Contact our offices to discuss your wrongful death or other workers’ compensation claim with a workers’ compensation lawyer. We offer a free consultation to assess your case and handle all workers’ comp and wrongful death claims on contingency. If we can’t help you recover money damages, you won’t pay attorney’s fees.