Workplace Wrongful Death
What You Need to Know if You Lose a Loved One
Unfortunately, severe injuries in workplace accidents sometimes are fatal. When a family loses a loved one in a workplace accident, their lives can be turned upside-down. The family member who died may have been the lone breadwinner, which can financially devastate a family.
While no amount of money can replace a lost loved one, you likely will need money to keep a roof over your head and pay for other necessities. Under North Carolina Law, if an employee dies as a result of a work-related accident or injury, or dies as a result of an occupational disease, his or her family may be eligible to receive up to 500 weeks of benefits, up to $10,000 in funeral expenses, and reimbursement for medical expenses incurred prior to death. A minor child or disabled spouse may be entitled to receive benefits beyond the 500 weeks.
When to File a Third-Party Claim
Depending on the circumstances, you also may be able to file a workplace wrongful death claim against a third-party (someone other than the employer). A wrongful death lawsuit involves civil recovery. You may be able to seek actual compensation in addition to the survivors’ benefits you may be entitled to receive under workers’ compensation.
A wrongful death case stemming from a workplace accident can be complex. To see if we can help, contact a North Carolina wrongful death attorney today. Call 1-866-900-7078. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have experience pursuing compensation for our clients who have lost loved ones in North Carolina. Your initial conversation with our firm is free. You will not have to pay us any attorney’s fee unless we recover compensation for you.2
Don’t leave your family’s future to chance. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We’re on your side.