Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jan 02, 2019 in Workers' Compensation
If you have lost a loved one from a work-related accident, Arizona law provides workers’ compensation death benefits for certain dependent family members. These benefits can help pay for medical, funeral and burial expenses and provide some financial security after a tragic work accident.
If you would like more information about Arizona workers’ compensation death benefits, a skilled Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney from Phillips Law Group can help. We can review the details of your claim to determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you are, we can assist you with filing a claim for the benefits to which you are entitled.
Arizona law allows for several different family members to potentially receive death benefits. The law gives priority to immediate family members. If there are no immediate surviving family members, benefits may be available to other family members who were dependent on the worker for financial support.
Family members who may be entitled to death benefits may include:
The rules pertaining to death benefits are complicated. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can explain what benefits may be available in your particular claim.
Death benefits include payment of burial expenses, up to $5,000. Additionally, eligible family members can receive a combined amount equal to two-thirds (66.7 percent) of the workers’ average monthly wage, subject to state maximums. In 2019, the state maximum is $4,741.57.
The amount of benefits that an eligible family member is entitled to depends on the existence of certain family members and the deceased worker’s average pay. Death benefits are paid in the following priority and amount:
A death benefit claim begins by completing the state-mandated death benefits claim form. This form requires you to provide specific information, such as:
In Arizona, you only have one year from your loved one’s death to pursue a claim for death benefits, so it is important that you talk to a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have extensive experience representing injured Arizona workers and their families.
Our firm will investigate your case to make sure we explore all your options and remain communicative with you throughout the entire process to ensure you receive your benefits in a timely manner. We charge no upfront costs or fees unless we can help you recover compensation for your case.
Contact us at 1-800-706-3000 to schedule a free consultation to get started.
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