Who Can File A Death Claim?


If you are searching for information about a death claim through workers compensation insurance then let our Los Angeles death claims attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach express our sincerest condolences. Since 1978 our law office has been providing workers and the family an empathetic ear and aggressive legal representation. We are a family of hard workers and we believe that businesses thrive when their employees are happy. In and outside the courtroom we are known for our strategy and resourceful tactics. We understand a workers predicament and we value our client’s stories. If you are looking for a team to help you pick up the pieces from losing a loved one while they were at work then we beg you to take a moment and read how we can best suit your needs.

Definition: Death claim

If your loved one has passed away while on the job then you are eligible to file a death claim to the workers compensation insurance company. If you are classified as a dependent of the person who died then you have the right to make a claim. A dependent means a spouse, child, grandchildren, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. If you fit into any of these categories then you are able to file a death claim. If you are a child under the age of 18, an adult child unable to earn a living, or a spouse who earned $30,000 or less then you are automatically a total dependent. Otherwise, you have to prove that you are a dependent.

Once you are eligible, the claim must be filed within one year of the employee’s death due to work-related injury or illness. Most plans cover up to $320,000 for three or more total dependents. However, if you are a partial dependent then you are still eligible for benefits. Workers Compensation company insurance should also pay for reasonable burial expenses up to $10,000. Just because these totals are provided does not mean that these totals are given. Insurance companies are like any other business. They live off of negotiations. If you don’t have some to represent you then you may lose out on getting the maximum benefits. Insurance companies have no incentive in giving families full benefits nor should insurance companies be seen as benevolent givers. Instead, insurance companies will always look to their bottom line and do everything they can to lowball their clients.

What to do?

Our Los Angeles death claims lawyers at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach have been around for over 30 years. We haven’t stuck around because we lose. We believe in getting the job done right and getting it done once. With us by your side, we will make sure that the death of your loved one is not in vain. We will ensure that your family is taken care of and your future secured. Call 818-609-7005 or click here to start a conversation with our death claims attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach in Los Angeles today.

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