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Losing somebody you love is devastating. This is particularly true when the loss of life points back to a workplace incident. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, our team is here to help if you need a Van Nuys fatal workplace injury attorney by your side. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys will take time to fully investigate what happened to your loved one so we can determine liability. Our goal is to ensure that you and your family receive the closure and compensation you are entitled to. We will explore workers’ compensation death benefits as well as possible compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit if necessary.

How families can recover financial compensation

In the wake of a fatal workplace accident, you and your family will want to explore any option available to recover the closure and compensation you deserve. This can include one of two options:

  • Recovery of death benefits through California workers’ compensation
  • Recovery of compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit against an at-fault party

Workers’ compensation death benefits include reasonable burial and funeral expenses as well as lost earnings for a spouse and any dependents of the deceased. These benefits are limited to a certain amount as prescribed by law, and they will not cover any non-economic compensation such as pain and suffering, loss of emotional support, loss of consortium, emotional distress, etc. Additionally, accepting workers’ comp death benefits means that the family forfeits their right to pursue compensation from an employer who may have been negligent.

In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit against an employer or another party may be appropriate. This is particularly true if the employer’s negligence caused the fatal accident or if the accident was caused by a third party other than the employer (a subcontractor, manufacturer of a faulty part, etc.). By proving negligence, the family of the deceased may be able to recover considerably more compensation than they would have under workers’ compensation benefits. This includes not only the economic losses such as funeral and burial expenses, pre-death medical expenses, and lost wages, but also compensation for emotional anguish, loss of partnership, pain and suffering, and more.

Call our Van Nuys work injury attorneys today

If you have lost somebody you love due to a workplace-related injury or illness, contact the team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz as soon as possible. We have extensive experience handling complex workplace death claims, and our compassionate attorneys understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Our goal is to secure the closure and compensation you need, which can include:

  • Coverage of funeral and burial expenses
  • Full workers’ compensation death benefits for a spouse and dependents

If our attorneys determine that a third-party wrongful death lawsuit is necessary, we will also work to secure various types of non-economic compensation, including pain and suffering damages, loss of consortium damages, and more. When you need a Van Nuys fatal workplace injury attorney, you can reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-747-3447.