Workers' Compensation Death Benefits

Death/Survivors' Benefits

When a family member dies in a fatal job accident, it can seem as if your whole world is ripped away from you in an instant. Your loss is sudden, painful, and often is without answers. At the Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw, A P.C., we comprehend the devastation and turmoil our clients are enduring as they mourn the loss of a husband or wife, a father or mother, or a child.

San Diego workers' compensation death benefits attorney Leslie S. Shaw guides clients through the aftermath of a loved one's fatal work accident. Our law firm offers our compassion and empathy as you are confronted with moving forward in life without your loved one — and the potential financial insecurity that life may hold. We help you understand and recover the death benefits to which you may be entitled for your loved one's death — benefits that can alleviate the financial strain of this difficult time.

Contact us for a free initial consultation with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer on whom you can trust.

Death Benefits Following a California on-the-Job Accident

Whether a loved one's work-related accident involved defective scaffolding, toxic chemical exposure, a work-related motor vehicle accident, or any other fatal work accident, at a minimum, the surviving spouse, children or other dependents may be entitled to basic workers' compensation death benefits (sometimes called survivorship benefits).

Death benefits are one of six basic types of workers' compensation benefits afforded under California law and are payable to the dependents of a worker who has died in a work-related accident. California workers' compensation death benefits can include:

  • Funeral expenses: Reasonable burial expenses, up to $5,000
  • Lost earnings: Weekly financial support is paid to the dependents of the deceased worker. The classification of the worker's occupation, the number of dependents and the extent of dependency are the determining factors that can influence the amount of death benefits that a family receives.

While there is usually a maximum period or amount of death benefits a family may receive following a loved one's fatal work injury, some exceptions are made, such as when death benefits have been exhausted prior to a dependent child reaching the age of majority.

Professional, Prompt and Experienced Representation

At the Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw, we help survivors seek the death benefits to which they are entitled following the loss of a loved one in a construction accident, warehouse accident or other fatal work accident. With more than a decade of legal experience, and our depth of knowledge of the workers' compensation laws in California, we are capable of guiding clients through the legal system efficiently.

Contact Us For Legal Help Today

Please call us at 619-683-2346. You may also e-mail us. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no attorney fees unless we secure compensation on your behalf. From our office in San Diego, we represent clients in El Cajon and throughout San Diego County.