Death Benefits for Occupational Suicides
The unemployment rate in the United States has climbed significantly in recent years in inverse motion to the overall direction of the economy as a whole. As a result, many workers are under increased and prolonged stress as they fear for their jobs. Over time, this stress can have an intensely harmful effect on an individual’s psychological health and wellbeing. In some cases this manifests as depression or another mental health concern for which he or she seeks professional help. Tragically, however, there are a number of workers who are driven to take their own lives in the workplace.
There are few events that are as upsetting and stunning as the sudden and unexpected loss of your spouse, and the proportions of shock are amplified greatly when that death is by suicide. If you have reason to believe that the psychological condition which led to your loved one’s suicide in the workplace was triggered by occupational factors, you may be able to file a claim for death benefits through the workers’ compensation system. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to learn more.
At Risk, At a Loss
The data for 2007-2008 are still be gathered and analyzed, but the information that they appear to reveal at this point, based on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is quite alarming. Some details from the report:
- 251 workers committed suicide in the workplace in 2008, the highest number since the count was first kept in 1992
- That represented a 28 % increase over 2007
- 94 % of these workers were men
- 51.79 % of occupational suicides were committed with guns
- The largest numbers were in the following fields:
- Management – 34 deaths
- Sales and associated – 26 deaths
- Protective services – 25 deaths
- Transportation and hauling – 24 deaths
We are deeply sorry for your loss, but we understand that there are financial implications as well as emotional pain with which you must contend. Contact the workers’ compensation death benefits attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 for assistance during this difficult time.