Additional factors in North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Death Cases

Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 10:46 am    

There are some complications that can arise in workers’ compensation death cases. So far, the courts have said that spouses who are committing adultery still get benefits. But if the spouse signed a separation agreement waiving all rights to support, then the spouse would not get “widow” benefits. (more…)

Widows and Children – Additional Considerations in NC Workers Comp Death Cases

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 10:42 am    

Disabled widows and widowers

Normally, the widow just gets 400 weeks (now 500 weeks) in wage benefits from the date of death of the worker. But if the widow or widower is disabled, then the widow or widower gets benefits for the rest of his or her lifetime unless they remarry. (more…)

Abandoning Parent and No Next of Kin under NC Workers Comp Law

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 10:39 am    

In determining the eligibility for death benefits when a worker dies, North Carolina places first priority on whole dependents. Partial dependents get second priority and the Next of Kin get third priority. The North Carolina Worker’s Compensation statute excludes parents who abandon their child from being a next of kin. When there are no dependents and no next of kin, then nobody gets any of the comp benefits even if the worker left all the money in a Will to a non-relative. (more…)

Next of Kin in North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Death cases

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 10:37 am    

North Carolina General Statutes 97-40 defines who qualifies as a next of kin in North Carolina Worker’s Compensation death cases. The “Next of Kin” of the worker will be entitled to whatever benefits exist if the worker did not have any whole or partial dependents. (more…)

Who are Workers’ Compensation Dependents for the Purposes of Death Benefits in NC?

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:31 am    

Those who are considered a dependent for worker’s compensation purposes are not necessarily going to be the same as for other situations. There are separate laws for when someone dies with a will, without a will, through the wrongful death of another and through a work-related injury or illness. Do not assume that because you are a dependent for one situation that you will be a dependent for worker’s compensation death cases. And don’t assume the opposite either – meaning that if you’re not a dependent for non-work matters that you won’t be a dependent for a worker’s compensation case. (more…)

How Beneficiaries for Death Benefits for a Job Injury in NC are Determined

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 10:27 am    

When it can be shown that the decedent’s death was related to the worker’s job injury or occupational illness, the beneficiaries are entitled to death benefits according to the following priorities, according to NCGS 97-39:

1. Persons who are wholly dependent on the deceased employee’s earnings for support at the time of the accident get the full compensation benefits in equal shares and nobody else has a claim. (more…)

North Carolina WC Law Where the Cause of Death is Related to the Employee’s Work Injury or Occupational Illness

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 10:06 am    

The first thing the statute (North Carolina General Statutes: 97-38) looks to, when the cause of death is related to the worker’s work injury or occupational illness, is the timing of the death in relation to the injury or illness. If the timing was within six years of the date of the injury or illness or within two years of the final disability determination date (whichever is later), then the statute dictates who gets the money as follows: (more…)

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law when the Death is Not Related to the Work Injury

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:04 am    

North Carolina General Statute 97-37 deals with a situation where the injured worked dies before all his/her compensation is paid. If the cause of death is unrelated to the worker’s injury then the funds are paid in the following order: (more…)

Death Benefits in North Carolina Workers Comp Cases

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am    

Workers’ compensation death cases are generally subject to less negotiation than non-death cases, i.e. regular work injuries. This is mainly because the workers’ compensation statutes for North Carolina dictate how much money is available. Unlike non-death cases, there is no need to figure medical bills because there simply aren’t any future bills by reason of the workers’ death. (more…)

Sen. Casey questions the OSHA’s efforts to protect temp workers

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 3:40 pm    

In a letter issued to the director of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) on July 10, U.S. Senate’s workplace safety subcommittee head Sen. Robert Casey scrutinized OSHA’s efforts to protect temporary workers, and asked what further actions the administration can do to increase their safety, ProPublica reported.

Casey stated that he was worried about measures that could possibly restrict OSHA from ensuring the safety of temp workers. Although OSHA has the power to enforce safety standards, it does not have the power to shut down businesses in breach of workers safety regulations.

The letter was issued in light of a fatal workplace accident that took place on February 23 at a sugar plant in Pennsylvania. Days before the accident, the plant decided to remove a safety screen to speed up production. Thirteen days later, a temporary worker sunk into a pile of sugar previously protected by the screen and died of suffocation.

Prioritizing revenue over the safety of temporary workers is reprehensible. If you are a worker injured while on duty in Norfolk, our team at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., is equipped with the experience and the compassion to possibly help you file for workers’ compensation. Call us at (888) 694-1671 to learn how to take action.