Yes. The workers who survive a workplace accident have a legal right to recover damages from the parties responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. The family of the deceased can receive compensation through the following sources:
Worker compensation provides financial support and assistance when workers are injured or lose their lives as a result of a work-related injury or illness. These benefits can cover:
- The deceased worker’s medical services such as ambulance, hospital and medical treatment.
- Burial or cremation expenses.
- Family counseling services.
- Lump sum payments for dependents.
- Weekly pensions for the deceased dependent partners, children or orphans.
- Reimbursement to non-dependent family members for expenses, in cases of financial hardship.
Wrongful death lawsuit:
A family member or a representative of the estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit against liable parties to claim compensation. Damages for wrongful death includes:
- Pre-death pain and suffering of the deceased.
- The deceased medical costs incurred as a result of the injury prior to death.
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Loss of the expected income as a result of the death.
- Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death.
- Value of the services that the deceased would have provided.
- Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing that the deceased would have provided.
- Loss of love and companionship, and loss of consortium.