After you lose a loved one, your life can be turned upside down. You have to face a situation you weren’t expecting; you’re mourning, but you still have to go through the motions. Between medical bills, funeral costs and other financial burdens, this only adds to your stress.
It’s important to know that after your loved one dies on the job, you have a few options for compensation. It’s not going to bring your loved one back, but it will provide you peace of mind as you work through this troubling time and get back to your daily life. The first way to get compensation is through workers’ compensation. The workers’ compensation system in Ohio provides benefits to the worker’s next-of-kin to help provide for lost wages and expenses caused by the death.
If the death is determined to be a wrongful death, then you have another choice. In that instance, you can choose to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible. A wrongful-death case allows you to sue for end-of-life costs, financial losses and lost wages. You may also be awarded punitive damages, which are awarded in cases where a message needs to be sent to the people responsible to take more responsibility and safety precautions in the workplace.
Losing a loved one is always troubling, and it can be hard to think about going to court when you’re still mourning. If you’re not sure what you want to do, feel free to learn more about wrongful deaths and workplace accidents on our website. With more education about your situation, you can make the right decision for your family.