Champaign Workers' Compensation Death Benefits Lawyers
Representing Families After Fatal Work Accidents
While most accidents and injuries on the job are not fatal, sometimes the worst does happen. The surviving family members are faced with an unthinkable emotional loss. During this time, it is difficult to think about finances, but it is something that must be considered.
At Frederick & Hagle, we understand that your family is grieving and feeling overwhelmed. With our experience in many types of wrongful death cases, we know how to treat you with compassion as we provide the legal support you need. Losing a wage-earning member of the family presents numerous problems. We can help you find solutions. Please call 1-800-642-1227 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with a Champaign workers’ compensation death benefits attorney.
Your Family Will Need The Full Amount It’s Entitled To Receive
Illinois workers’ compensation provides death benefits to surviving dependent family members, including:
- Burial benefits of $8,000
- Survivors’ benefits for the spouse and dependent children
- When there is no primary beneficiary, totally dependent parents may receive benefits
Survivors’ benefits are calculated on two-thirds of the deceased’s gross average weekly wage during the year prior to the injury. This is subject to maximum and minimum limits:
- The minimum survivors’ benefit cannot be less than 50 percent of the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) at the time of the injury.
- The maximum survivors’ benefit cannot be more than 133 1/3 percent of the SAWW at the time of the injury. The benefit is paid for 25 years of weekly benefits or $500,000, whichever is greater.
You may need help getting fair compensation from the employer and/or its insurance carrier. It is not unusual for companies to try to deny or reduce death benefit claims.
If a third party is also liable for the death, we can file a separate suit against it. Any compensation you recover in a third-party suit is in addition to workers’ comp benefits.
Contact An Urbana Workers’ Comp Attorney
To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 1-800-642-1227 or 217-367-6092.