Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to serve as a financial buffer to absorb part of the shock that families go through when a worker is injured on the job. In the best-case scenario, these benefits help to pay bills and medical expenses until the injured worker is well enough to return to employment. But not every incident of a workplace or work-related accident results in the injured worker returning to the job. Sometimes, the injury proves fatal.
In such a worst-case scenario, the deceased worker is often survived by family members who will still be burdened by the same costs of living, medical expenses and, now, funeral expenses that result from the fatal work accident. What can workers’ compensation do for them?
The good news is that workers’ compensation anticipates the ongoing needs that surviving spouses and children will have after the loss of the one they counted on to make ends meet. The following are some of the benefits available to those who qualify for survivor benefits:
There is a two-year deadline before which a claim for death benefits must be made. An attorney familiar with North Carolina workers’ compensation law can help with the claim filing procedure and answer any questions that you may have.