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My spouse died while working. Am I entitled to compensation?

If you’ve lost your spouse due to a workplace accident or other wrongful death while on the job, you may be able to receive certain benefits through your state’s worker’s compensation system. While no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, these benefits are available to you to help mitigate the many financial hurdles that may arise after a death, as well as to help replace their lost wages. For this reason, worker’s compensation death benefits are not a one-time payment like a life insurance policy. Instead, they are usually a series of regular payments in installments. The amount you may receive is calculated based on a percentage of what your spouse earned before their passing.

Even if you have your own income, you may be considered a dependent of your spouse, and eligible to collect worker’s compensation benefits after their death. Additionally, if your spouse passed away from a pre-existing condition that was aggravated by their job, you may still be able to receive financial compensation. If you have any questions about your eligibility, speak with an expert attorney in order to more fully understand the worker’s compensation system. Mourn can connect you today with a national network of legal advocates ready to assist you after a loss.