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The death of a loved one is a loss that nobody should have to deal with, particularly due to a workplace accident. In these situations, the team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz is ready to stand by your family’s side. We have extensive experience handling workplace injury and fatality cases, and we are ready to help you gain the closure and compensation you need to get through this. Our Los Angeles fatal workplace accident attorneys will take you through this entire process. We are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or employers, and we have no problem taking these cases to trial if necessary.

Where can families turn for compensation after a Los Angeles workplace fatality?

In the state of California, the dependents of any person who loses their life in the workplace will be entitled to various types of compensation. In order to be eligible for death benefits, a person must be totally or partially dependent on the deceased for their financial support at the time the injury occurred. Additionally, the dependent must have been a member of the employee’s household or a close relative of the employee. Qualifying relatives in these situations include the following:

  • Children
  • Spouses
  • Grandchildren
  • Parents and siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Aunts and uncles
  • Nieces and nephews

Various family members will be automatically considered total dependents of the employee, including children under the age of 18, adults who are unable to earn a living because of mental or physical incapacity, or a surviving spouse who earned less than $30,000 in the 12 months before the employee’s death.

Dependents in this situation may be eligible for various amounts of compensation. For any workplace deaths that occurred after 2005, the amounts paid to those who are totally dependent include the following:

  • $250,000 four one dependent
  • $290,000 for two dependents
  • $320,000 for three or more total dependents

Workplace fatalities have increased

When we look at data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can see that there were 5,333 total fatal workplace injuries reported during the latest year across the country. These fatalities from occupational injuries (2019) represent the largest annual number of workplace fatalities since 2007. According to the BLS, a worker died every 99 minutes during the latest reporting year.

Workplace fatalities can occur in any industry, but there are some alarming statistics about who is more susceptible to death in the workplace. The most dangerous industries when it comes to fatalities in the workplace include private construction, driver sales workers, and truck drivers.

Call our Los Angeles fatal workplace accident attorney

If you have lost somebody that you love in a workplace accident in or around the Los Angeles area, reach out to the team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling workplace injury and fatality cases, and we know what it takes to help families recover the closure and compensation they need. Let us help you stand up to employers and insurance carriers to ensure you receive everything you are entitled to. When you need a Los Angeles fatal workplace accident attorney, you can reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-747-3447.