When you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death at work, it can be hard to know where to begin. In addition to grieving the loss of your family member, you may be wondering what your rights and options are. You are wondering who may be held accountable for what has happened and how to receive the financial compensation that your family needs.
Compensation for a death at work may come in two forms in South Carolina – wrongful death and workers’ compensation. Both may be available in the event of a workplace accident death. The two types of claims are different, and it’s important to understand the differences.
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If a death occurs on the job, family members can claim workers’ compensation benefits. They do not have to prove that the employer was at fault.
You may have a lawyer assist you with the workers’ compensation process.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are limited. They do not compensate survivors fully for the loss that has occurred including emotional anguish and lost long-term financial support. However, a wrongful death claim may be available.
A wrongful death claim:
Even if workers’ compensation benefits apply, survivors do not lose their rights to wrongful death benefits if there is a third party that is liable for the death. There may be an offset of total compensation received to prohibit double recovery, but it still may be beneficial to pursue both types of claims.
If you have lost a loved one because of a wrongful death at work, it’s best to involve a lawyer as soon as possible. We can assist you in making the correct reports, investigating and preserving evidence. It is our goal to look at all the options and determine the ways that you may receive compensation. We want to ease the burden of the claims process and explore all avenues for you to receive justice for your loved one and the financial relief that can assist your family.
If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, we invite you to talk to a lawyer at The Law Office of Steven M. Krause, PA today. We understand your grief. Get answers to your questions and see how we can help. Contact us today.
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.