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Virginia’s Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Dec 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the state of Virginia, if an employee dies due to a work-related injury or dies at their job site, their dependents are entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. Under Virginia's workers' compensation laws, if an employee dies while at their job or dies at a later time due to an injury or occupational disease The post Virginia's Workers' Comp Death Benefits appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

In the state of Virginia, if an employee dies due to a work-related injury or dies at their job site, their dependents are entitled to workers' compensation death benefits.

Under Virginia's workers' compensation laws, if an employee dies while at their job or dies at a later time due to an injury or occupational disease that occurred during a work-related accident, the employee's dependents will be financially compensated for funeral expenses and lost wages of the employee.

If the employee suffered a work-related injury and died within nine years of the work related accident, their dependents will still qualify to receive compensation benefits. Workers' comp death benefits will cover funeral expenses, but not exceed $10,000, and will cover up to 1,000 in travel expenses.

For dependent benefits, or compensation being given to the decedent dependents or family members, there are various degrees of compensation given based on the type of dependency.

Who qualifies for dependent benefits?

Those who qualify for full dependent benefits will be given 500 weeks of benefits starting from the date of the injury.

The following individuals may qualify for full dependent benefits:

  • A husband/wife who lived with and was dependent on their spouse at the time of injury or death.
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Disabled child the age of 18 or over
  • Children under the age of 23 and currently enrolled in school full-time

Step-children, adopted, and illegitimate children that are acknowledged also qualified to receive compensation benefits. Also, if there are multiple total dependencies then compensation will be divided equally among all the dependents.

If you have further questions or concerns revolving around workers' compensation death benefits in Virginia, then call Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer.

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B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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