If you have lost a family member as the result of a workplace accident, we understand that you are going through a difficult and emotional time. If you relied on that person's paycheck to make ends meet, things can feel even worse. While no amount of money can ever take away the hurt of losing a loved one, receiving compensation through filing for workers' compensation benefits may help ease some of your financial stress.
Survivors Have Rights
As the spouse of the deceased employee, you are entitled under New York law to collect a percentage of your loved one's earnings each week. These workers' compensation death benefits are also available to minor children, parents, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren depending on the circumstances. If there are multiple dependents, the benefits are divided among you – the amount you receive is determined by your spouse's income for the previous year, not the number of people who are eligible.
In addition, you may be able to receive a payment from the state to help cover the costs of your family member's funeral. We explain what the qualifications for these benefits are and show you what you will need to submit to the state.
At Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., our attorneys are there to guide you through every step of the process, from filing an application to appealing a denial. We use our more than 25 years of experience to protect your rights, and we have a proven record of obtaining compensation. Since there may be a limited window in which to file for benefits, securing legal representation is vital to avoid costly mistakes.
Representing Victims' Families
To learn more about how our lawyers may be able to help you, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We have six offices, including Ronkonkoma, Riverhead and Long Island City. Send us a message through our website, or call us at 800-671-4927.