When a Connecticut worker dies on the job, a family’s life can be turned upside down. Not only have they lost the companionship of a treasured loved one, but they may have also lost the financial support that the deceased was able to provide. When a worker dies in a workplace accident, his or her survivors may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help them during this difficult time.

Death benefits are available for a worker’s surviving spouse or other eligible dependent, including a child. These benefits may include receipt of 75 percent of a deceased worker’s net average weekly wage. A spouse may receive these benefits for the remainder of his or her lifetime, or until he or she remarries. A dependent child who is unmarried and a full-time student may receive benefits until he or she reaches age 22. A dependent child who does not meet the aforementioned qualifications may receive benefits until age 18.

If a deceased worker did not leave a surviving spouse or dependent children, a dependent family member may still receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may be awarded in proportion to the family member’s actual dependency and will continue for up to 312 weeks.

Additionally, benefits in the amount of $4,000 are available to pay for the burial expenses of a deceased worker. In the event no one was dependent upon the deceased individual, whether in whole or in part, these benefits will be awarded to the person in charge of paying for the burial expenses.

Those who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident may want to seek the counsel of an attorney who can help them fight in an effort to obtain the benefits that may be owed following a loved one’s death. A skilled attorney may be able to assist with navigating the complicated legal realm and putting forth claims are strong and convincing.

Source: cga.ct.gov, “Various Workers’ Compensation Questions,” accessed July 22, 2016