Work Related Deaths the Worst in 2016 entitling Death Benefits to Dependents
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report in December 2017 noting that 2016 was one of the deadliest years for U.S. workers in nearly a decade. Over 5,000 people were killed on the job in 2016 which was the most since 2008. Injured workers’ families would be entitled to death benefits under Minnesota workers’ compensation law.
Some of the details of the report were as follows:
- Deaths from falls, slips or trips increased 6% to 849.
- Up more than 25% for roofers, carpenters, and tree trimmers as well as truck drivers.
- Transportation instances were the most common making up 40% of all workplace deaths.
- Deaths by fire and explosion was down 27% from 2015.
- Loggers had the highest rate of fatality at 136 per 100,000 workers.
Minnesota Workers Compensation – Wrongful Death, Death Benefits, and Dependency Benefits
Minnesota workers’ compensation law allows for workers’ compensation benefits for the dependents of the deceased. Death benefits or dependency benefits includes funeral expenses, wage loss benefits, rehabilitation benefits, and even retraining. If a worker has died from a work-related injury, their mother, father, wife, children and their estate may be entitled to dependency benefits. With these awful tragedies, it is important to know that there are benefits that may be available to assist the family in the time of need.
It is important to know your rights for death benefits and the lawyers here are willing to assist you. We offer flexible, no-hassle, free consultations to you to make sure you are getting the benefits that you are entitled to. Call us today.