Iowa Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
A serious workplace injury might not just affect the injured person; his or her dependent family members can also experience dramatic changes in their lives. In the most tragic cases, workers may die from their injuries. When this happens, there is no way to fully compensate surviving family members for their losses. However, the workers’ comp system can at least help them avoid financial disaster.
Workers’ compensation death benefits policies can change periodically as adjustments are made or new legislation is passed. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you need current knowledge about your rights. To discuss your legal options, call the experienced Des Moines worker death benefits attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Protecting Family Members
Worker death benefits are not intended to be a kind of retribution, nor are they an admission of fault of the part of employers. Their primary purpose is to help family members survive a dramatic loss in their household incomes. The amount of compensation is based on the deceased worker’s salary, up to a monthly maximum.
Workers’ compensation death benefits are generally paid to:
- The deceased worker’s spouse, until his or her death or remarriage
- The deceased worker’s dependent children, until they turn 18 (or 25 if they remain dependent)
- Other family members who can demonstrate financial dependence on the deceased
- The deceased worker’s family, in compensation for burial costs up to $5,000
The maximum amount of compensation allowed is adjusted regularly to reflect changes in the average worker’s salary. Our Des Moines workplace death benefits lawyers can provide up-to-date information about current policies and how they affect you.
Grieving families should not have to cope with legal battles in addition to their personal losses. If you are struggling to receive adequate compensation for a workplace death, let the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. take on the legal fight for you. Contact us at 877-327-2600.