Miami, FL—Workers’ compensation insurance will generally provide an individual who suffered an injury or illness from working with medical and wage replacement benefits. This allows an injured worker to obtain the medical treatment they need to get better or reach a point of Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) without having to pay for care themselves. In addition, an injured worker may also be entitled to collect a percentage of their wages so they can take the time they need to heal at home.
In most cases, wage replacement benefits are only paid to an injured or ill worker who missed more than seven days of work and has been informed by their doctor that their condition prevents them from returning to work.
When a Work-Related Injury or Illness Causes a Worker’s Death
In the event a worker in Miami suffers fatal injuries as a result of an accident or they pass away within one year after the incident occurred, certain dependents of theirs may be entitled to collect death benefits. Family members might also be eligible to collect death benefits if the worker passed away within five years after the accident if they suffered a disability.
Benefits Available to the Decedent’s Family
After an individual passes away as a result of a work-related accident, their family may be provided with up to $7,500 to cover their loved one’s funeral expenses. Florida Statute § 440.16 states that the employee’s employer is required to pay the funeral expenses within 14 days after receiving the bill. If a family member is experiencing an issue with collecting what they are due to cover these costs, they can always contact a Miami, FL workers’ compensation attorney for legal assistance.
In addition to being provided with compensation to cover some or all of the decedent’s funeral expenses, certain dependents might also be entitled to collect up to $150,000 in death benefits.
How does a dependent know if they are entitled to receive the full $150,000?
If a family member of a deceased worker would like to find out if they are entitled to collect both the funeral benefits and the full $150,000, they are encouraged to contact Mario Trespalacios P.A. to receive a free case evaluation. There are certain factors that may come into play that will influence how much the dependent is entitled to collect.
The best way to find out if any factors would reduce the amount a dependent is eligible to receive, they should have a Miami, FL workers’ compensation attorney review their case. Mario Trespalacios P.A. has been in practice for more than 25 years and can be reached at 305-261-5800.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. can be contacted at:
9495 SW 72 Street, Suite B-275
Miami, FL 33173