Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is horrifying, tragic, heartbreaking and overwhelming. Your life will be turned upside-down regardless of who passes away, but if it’s the lone breadwinner, it can be financially devastating for your family. While no amount of money can heal the wounds a death leaves behind, financial compensation can feed your kids and keep a roof over your head.
Under North Carolina Law, if an employee dies as a result of a work-related accident, or dies from an occupational disease, their family may be eligible to up to 500 weeks of benefits, up to $10,000 for funeral expenses, and reimbursement for any medical expenses incurred prior to their death thanks to workers’ compensation. A minor child or disabled spouse may be receive over 500 weeks of benefits.
Depending on the circumstance of your loved one’s death, you may also be able to file a wrongful death claim against a third-party that’s not the employer. For example, if a defective or dangerous product killed your loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer or designer of the product. A third party’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness are all reasons to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. You may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish and punitive damages, in addition to the survivors’ benefits you are entitled to under workers’ compensation.
A wrongful death case involving a workplace accident or injury can be extremely complex. If you believe those responsible for your loved one’s death should be held accountable, please contact our North Carolina wrongful death Attorney at The Law Office of Donald R Strickland. Our firm will work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve during this stressful and emotional time.
Call (919) 828-4357 today to speak with a representative.