Alabama Workers Compensation Death Benefits
Alabama Workplace Fatality: The most recent study of fatal work injuries which occurred in Alabama was released by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics covering 2020 show that Fatal work injuries totaled 85 in 2020 for Alabama. Nationwide, a total of 4,764 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2020.
In Alabama, transportation incidents resulted in 43 fatal work injuries and accounted for 51 percent of all fatal workplace injuries in the state and were up from 41 over the previous year. Private construction industry had 19 fatalities and men accounted for 89 percent of the work-related fatalities in Alabama. Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 64 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2020
In Alabama, if a workplace accident causes, or is a causative factor, in the death of a worker, and the death occurs within 3 years of the date of the workplace injury (although this date may be tolled by payment of disability compensation while the worker was still alive), then dependents of the deceased worker are entitled to certain death benefits. Death benefits are payable over 500 weeks absent an agreed to lump sum settlement. Family members may also have a right to pursue other personal injury/wrongful death actions in conjunction with workers’ compensation death benefits.
Moreover, if your injury was caused by another person, or by the willful actions of the decedent’s employer (e.g. removing a safety device from a machine), you may also be entitled to additional compensation from the negligent party. That would be a personal injury claim, known as a third-party claim in workers compensation.
If you family has been devastated by the death of a loved one due to a work accident-there is not enough money in the world to make up for your loss, but fair compensation can help you and your family through the tough times you will be facing, and it can also force the wrong party to make serious changes that will help prevent other families from going through the same heartbreak.
If you have lost a loved one due to a work accident and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation laws, or if you have questions about whether you have any right to other legal claims, please do not hesitate to contact the Alabama Workers Comp Lawyers at Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help. Appointments are available in person, or virtually through Zoom for your convenience from wherever you live.
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Alabama Workers Compensation Death Benefits