If my spouse died in a work accident, will my spouse’s workers’ compensation insurance provide a benefit for me and our children?

Yes, the South Carolina workers’ compensation system provides a death benefit to the surviving spouse and dependent children of workers who die from work-related accidents or occupational illnesses.

Survivors are eligible for workers’ compensation death benefits if a worker’s death occurs within two years of an accident causing injury or the diagnosis of an occupational illness, or within six years of when the worker was declared to be totally disabled.

The payment is to equal 500 weeks of the worker’s wages, minus any weekly benefits already paid, plus burial expenses up to $2,500.

If you believe that you qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits in South Carolina, the attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins can discuss a potential claim with you in a free initial consultation.

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