At Finbury and Sullivan, we understand how difficult it is to cope with the loss of a loved one. If a family member dies as the result of a workplace accident, we can help the deceased’s surviving relatives seek workers’ compensation benefits. This may provide these families with the financial relief they need to move on with their lives.
Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development offers an explanation of survivors’ benefits, which are also known as death benefits. As these names imply, this type of compensation is provided to a deceased worker’s family members.
Death benefits will only be provided to an employee’s surviving dependents. Spouses and minor children are common examples of family members who would qualify for survivors’ benefits. Children over the age of 18 may still be eligible if they meet certain requirements, such as having a disability or attending school fulltime.
In general, spouses and qualifying dependents will receive benefits based on the worker’s average weekly wage. These payments will amount to two-thirds of that average amount and will have regular cost of living adjustments. However, these benefits are subject to a maximum cap.
As long as a surviving spouse is dependent, that spouse will continue to receive death benefits. Remarriage, however, will sever these payments. Should a spouse remarry, a deceased worker’s dependent children will still each receive $60 per week.
If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident, it may be possible to obtain survivors’ benefits. To learn more about the benefits that may be awarded after a worker is fatally injured on the job, please visit our page on workers’ compensation information.