In a fatal workplace accident, what are the surviving family members entitled to in Louisiana?
Employers in Louisiana are required to cover their employees with Workers’ Compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to provide resources to employees after a worksite accident that results in prolonged disability, either temporary or permanent. If your loved one died as a result of a worksite accident, their employer is responsible to pay worksite accident death and funeral expenses for their burial.
What are the Limits on Worksite Accident Death and Funeral Expenses?
Louisiana state legislature RS 23:1210 states that reasonable worksite accident death and funeral expenses are payable up to $7,500. If the expenses are less than this amount, the difference is still paid to your family in addition to all other benefits you are entitled to.
Will this Affect Other Benefits to Which My Family is Entitled?
The funeral expense benefit is the same for all employees covered by Workers’ Compensation in Louisiana. It is considered a separate benefit and cannot be denied or affected by any other benefit decisions. If a party other than your loved one’s employer is responsible for their death, you may be able to file a Louisiana wrongful death lawsuit against that liable third party to collect damages above and beyond the death benefits that Workers’ Compensation provides.
Contacting a Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyer
The loss of a loved one due to a worksite accident is a sudden and emotional change for your family. You may find it helpful to have a trusted Louisiana wrongful death lawyer at your side to determine liability and ensure your family recovers the compensation they need to continue without the financial support your loved one would have provided.
The Louisiana wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara are there to help make sure you receive adequate compensation for your loss. For more information, visit our website or contact us to schedule your FREE legal consultation today – (866) 248-0580.