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Fatal Injuries In The Workplace: Help After A Terrible Loss

A workplace injury that results in a fatality is horrifying and tragic. If you are dealing with the loss of your loved one due to a fatal on-the-job accident, attorney Ken Kaplan is here for you. For over 50 years, the Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C., has been providing families of workers in New Jersey with assistance in picking up the pieces after devastating workplace accidents.

Attorney Kaplan can assist you in recovering workers’ compensation death benefits. While this won’t bring your loved one back, it can help alleviate some of the financial distress that inevitably follows after a primary earner in the family is gone.

Death Benefits Required By Law In New Jersey

In accordance with New Jersey workers’ compensation laws, death benefits are intended to provide for a worker’s family after a work-related death. Eligible family members are entitled to receive death benefit payments in an amount of up to 70% of the loved one’s weekly wage, subject to the maximum allowed for the year of the accident. This amount may be distributed among eligible family members and is subject to a cap that is updated by state laws annually. In addition, death benefits may also include compensation for medical expenses incurred prior to death and money for funeral expenses.

Fatal Workplace Injuries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 fatalities in the workplace in 2020, which was an 8.9% increase from the previous year. That equates to a death from a work-related accident or injury every 101 minutes. The top causes of fatal injuries in the workplace include:

  • Motor vehicle and transportation accidents
  • Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
  • Death by violence caused by another person or animal
  • Injury as a result of contact with an object or equipment that led to death
  • Exposure to a harmful substance in the workplace or environment
  • Death as the result of a workplace fire or explosion

The most dangerous occupations for workplace fatalities included those in the logging industry, the construction and extraction industry, and protective services, like law enforcement and security positions.

Protecting Benefits For Families

The Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C., has been focused on workers’ compensation law for decades. Worker’s compensation is an area of the law that has become increasingly complex. Let our years of experience guide you through these trying times. Maximizing all of the workers’ compensation death benefits available to you is our primary focus and you can depend on us to get you through this difficult time. Let us worry about obtaining the benefits so that you don’t have to.

Free Consultations For Survivors

The firm offers free consultations. If you lost your loved one due to a workplace incident or a work-related illness, call the office today at 973-988-1101 or send an email using the online form to schedule your appointment. The firm’s attorney will evaluate your case and answer any questions that you may have.