Workers’ Compensation Death Cases

Providing Compassion and Legal Guidance in Workers’ Compensation Death Cases in the Central Valley

Seeking compensation for the ultimate loss

Few things compare with the emotional and financial shock of a sudden and unexpected death. No amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of a close family member. A monetary award can at least pay the bills and give you and your family a little extra security. An experienced Central Valley attorney at Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP understands the depth of your loss and works to make sure that you and your family receive the maximum benefits possible.

Workers’ compensation death benefits available in California

In 2009, more than 300 Californians died at work in industries ranging from transportation and moving to sales. Many fatalities occur after trauma injuries, while others are the result of occupational disease and repetitive stress injuries. State death benefits include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses. The costs associated with the funeral and burial are generally paid as a fixed and predetermined amount and are often paid in a lump sum. Workers’ compensation does not pay more if your actual expenses were higher.
  • Disability benefits. Since your loved one will never work again, you are entitled to full disability payments. The actual amount depends on the number of dependents and the degree of dependency they had on the deceased worker.

A statute of limitations applies

Unlike other jurisdictions that may give you up to 12 years to file a claim, in California, the statute of limitations is one year from the date of the incident. As difficult as it may be, you need to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney  immediately after a workplace death. Deadlines to file claims and appeal a denial of a claim are strictly enforced.

Who receives benefits if there are no dependents?

If there are no dependents, the benefits revert to the state to support the workers’ compensation fund under the theory that only dependents truly felt the loss and deserve compensation. It is imperative that you act quickly to claim any benefits that you may be entitled to receive. An attorney can help minimize your losses by maximizing your benefits.

Schedule an appointment in Fresno if you are dealing with the work-related death of a family member

At Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP, our compassionate and hardworking attorneys understand your situation and can take prompt and aggressive action to protect your family. From our office in Fresno, California we serve clients throughout the Central Valley, including Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, and Kings Counties.  Contact our workers’ compensation lawyers at 559-445-0123to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

REQUIRED DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.