Fatal Workplace Injuries
Chicago Fatal Work Injury Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal work accident, you have our deepest sympathy. We have helped many people in your situation. We understand you may be confused, angry and looking for answers. Chances are, you don’t want to go through a stressful legal process to find those answers. We can make it easier.
At Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd., we have been dedicated to helping individuals and families recover compensation for more than 55 years. We understand how both workers’ compensation and wrongful death laws apply to beneficiaries. We have extensive experience ensuring that survivors get what they are entitled to under the law.
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits in Illinois
Under Illinois law, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits if you are the spouse or dependent of an employee who died from a workplace injury or illness. Other family members — including significant others, parents and siblings — may be eligible if the worker was not married and did not have children.
Death benefits cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses suffered as the result of the accident
- Compensation for lost wages
This last benefit is often the most difficult to understand. Typically, it amounts to a percentage of your loved one’s weekly wages for a set amount of time. A child can receive death benefits until he or she turns 18 or 21 whereas a widow can receive death benefits until he or she remarries.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When a workplace fatality is caused in part by a third party, the family of the deceased may also bring a wrongful death claim to recover compensation from that third party. For example, if your loved one’s death was caused by defective work equipment, you may be able to hold the equipment’s manufacturer accountable for expenses above and beyond what you can recover through workers’ compensation.
Experienced in Both Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Law
Many law firms specialize in either workers’ compensation or personal injury law — we are highly experienced in both areas of law and can help you take the appropriate legal actions to maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your loved one’s fatal work place injury.