Death & Dependency Claims

New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Hudson County - Bergen County - Passaic County

We offer our sincere sympathies to families that have lost a loved one in a workplace accident.

Workplace safety has made great strides forward since our firm was founded in 1936, but sadly workplace accidents still lead to the death of workers. Workers in dangerous industries, such as construction or trucking, are often younger men with families who depend upon them.

The New Jersey workers compensation benefits attorneys at Parisi & Gerlanc are here to help family members recover financial security by accessing all available sources of income and support owed to them under social security, workers compensation, or from a third-party personal injury lawsuit.

Survivor Wrongful Death Benefits

The dependents of a worker who dies on the job are entitled to weekly financial compensation, as well as funeral costs. But the definition of a dependent can vary from state to state and how much survivor benefits one receives can also vary. In New Jersey, a dependent can receive 70% of the worker's income.

Workers compensation death benefits and dependency benefits are exclusively based upon lost income, unlike a civil lawsuit for a personal injury in which a variety of factors are considered in a jury case. If the negligent or reckless behavior of another person or company was at least partially responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one, the wrongful death attorneys at Parisi & Gerlanc can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit for additional compensation.

Certain dependents of a worker are also eligible for monthly social security death benefits:

  • surviving spouses aged 60 or older
  • Surviving spouses of any age caring for the deceased's children under age 16 or disabled, unmarried children younger than 18 (19 if a full-time student)
  • A disabled child of any age
  • Parents, aged 62 or older and dependent on the deceased worker for at least half their support
  • Some surviving divorced spouses, under certain circumstances

If a loved one died in a work-related accident, contact our office for a free initial consultation to speak to a workers compensation attorney about death claims and dependency claims for which you may be eligible to receive benefits.

The law firm of Parisi & Gerlanc provides legal services to injured people in Hackensack, NJ and Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties, including Ramsey, North Jersey, Paterson, Paramus, Jersey City, Newark, Teaneck, Hasbrouck Heights, Midland Park, Montvale, Allendale, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Oakland, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Mahwah, Newark, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Westwood, Oradell, Bergenfield, Ridgefield, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Bogota, Fairview, Franklin Lakes, Waldwick and Wyckoff.