February 15, 2015
When a loved one dies in a fatal workplace accident, the impacts can be devastating to a family. Not only will that family have to deal with the profound emotional impacts of losing a loved one, but family members may also find themselves facing new financial stresses, especially if the deceased individual was the primary breadwinner for that family.
While nothing can ever make up for the untimely death of a loved one, when that death occurs as a result of a workplace accident or injuries, families should know that:
- They may be entitled to Colorado workers’ comp death benefits.
- Pursuing these benefits can help provide families with the financial support they may need to put their loved one to rest properly.
To underscore just how Colorado workers’ comp death benefits can help people who have lost their loved ones in fatal work accidents, in this blog series, we will respond to some frequently asked questions about these benefits. If you are ready for some specific answers pertaining to your situation – or if you need some experienced help securing Colorado workers’ comp death benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset. She has the skills, experience and resources you can rely on for effective help getting the benefits to which you are entitled.
Colorado Workers’ Comp Death Benefits: Helpful Answers
Q: Who’s eligible to receive Colorado workers’ comp death benefits?
A: In general, the spouse of the person who died as a result of a work accident or injury (in other words, the spouse of the decedent) will be the person who is usually eligible to receive Colorado workers’ comp death benefits.
Additionally, children (including adopted children, as well as children older than 18), parents, grandparents and/or siblings of the decedent may also be eligible to secure Colorado workers’ comp death benefits if these people can prove that they financially depended on the decedent.
Q: Are funeral and burial expenses covered by Colorado workers’ comp death benefits?
A: Yes, they can be. When people qualify to receive Colorado workers’ comp death benefits, they can also request additional financial support to cover funeral and burial expenses. When these expenses are approved, they can include as much as $7,000 for funeral and burial expenses.
Additionally, people approved to receive Colorado workers’ comp death benefits can also obtain funds to cover any unpaid medical bills (related to the treatment of the condition, illness or injury that developed as a result of work and that led to the death).
For some more answers to frequently asked question about Colorado workers’ comp death benefits, look for the additional installments of this blog series that will be published soon.
Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Bisset Law Firm
Have you been hurt at work? Or have you lost a loved one to a fatal workplace accident or injury? If so, Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset wants you to know that she is here for you, ready to aggressively advocate your rights and provide you with the highest quality legal representation.
To contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jennifer Bisset and find out more about she can help you, call (303) 894-8900 or email our firm using the contact form on the right side of this page.
From her office based in Denver, Jennifer Bisset provides superior legal services to injured people throughout Denver County and the state of Colorado.