Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Death Benefits

Workers’ Compensation benefits in Maryland include disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation, medical expenses and death benefits. Dependents of a covered employee may be eligible to receive death benefits if a worker’s death was caused by a work-related injury, on-the-job accident or an occupational disease. Qualifying dependents generally include the spouse and children of the deceased; however, extenuating circumstances could affect eligibility. It is in your best interest to contact our experienced Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers if you have any questions about your eligibility to collect death benefits.

General guidelines regarding Workers’ Compensation death benefits:

  • Surviving dependents can expect to receive benefits for a minimum of five years and a maximum of twelve years.
  • The death benefit amount cannot exceed the state’s average weekly wage (AWW) or two-thirds of the employee’s income.
  • Children are entitled to receive benefits until age 18 or up to five years longer if they are enrolled in an approved post-secondary education program.
  • A surviving spouse can collect death benefits for up to two years after remarriage.
  • Death benefits will end on the 70th birthdate of the deceased employee.

Who is Eligible to Collect Death Benefits?

Dependency refers to survivors who were dependent on the covered worker at the time that a workplace injury occurred or at the time of disablement in the case of an occupational disease. The date of injury or disablement will determine dependency, not the date of death.

Applications for death benefits must be filed within eighteen months if a worker’s death was caused by a work accident, or within two years if death was caused by an occupational disease.   Workers’ Compensation death benefits may also cover a portion of any funeral expenses.

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. Assist Families in Obtaining Death Benefits After a Work-Related Death

The loss of a family member is devastating in many ways. Our Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers may be able to relieve some of the financial burden that your loss has caused your family. Call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 1-844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer in Baltimore.