Losing a loved one can be a tough thing to go through, but you need to make sure that the rights of your loved one and his or her family members are protected. If you know that the death was due to some kind of injury or illness resulting from his or her line of work, then you may be entitled to death benefits from workers’ compensation.
Of course, the person claiming should be someone who is entitled to these benefits. In most states, the person entitled to such benefits are the spouse, children, and other people considered as dependents. These dependents are those who have been living with the deceased at the time of his death, relying upon him for chief support.
Pretty much anyone who is not of age (or if at age, is disabled or handicapped) and is incapable of self-support is considered a dependent. In some states, the condition of being a dependent will be regardless of age, while other states will have their own standards. In fact, eligibility for death benefits is usually taken on a case to case basis.
Make sure that, just like claims on injuries and illnesses, the cause of death (injury or sickness) be proven as related to the work of the deceased. Be careful, since companies may tried to break the correlation between the cause of death and work conditions, which can complicate things.
One important thing to note about death benefits is that aside from a fixed value set as benefits, eligible dependents can also claim for lost income and medical expenses prior to the death of the person.
In all these instances, proof of such expenses is needed in order for reimbursement to happen. As such, a workers compensation attorney in Chicago can be of great use to your claim.