Does workers’ compensation cover fatal accidents?

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2015 | Workers' Compensation |

In Illinois, many workers suffer injuries as a result of poor safety standards in their workplace or the negligence of their colleagues. Many of these incidents are preventable, but sadly the dangers are not always taken seriously until somebody gets hurt. As a result, countless employees find themselves unable to return to work for prolonged periods, while they recover from harm caused by a workplace accident.

If you notice any hazards while you are doing your job, or if you are injured in any way, it is important to report the matter immediately. This can help to protect you and any colleagues who could also fall victim to the dangers. Furthermore, if you have been harmed at work, reporting the matter can also help your case if you later decide to make a claim.

As this article on workplace accidents explains, workers’ compensation usually covers around two-thirds of the average wage the employee would have received if not for the accident. However, this is limited by fixed maximums for compensation benefits. It is also important to note that even if the accident was fatal, survivors of the deceased worker may be able to make a claim in their stead.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident at work, or you have lost someone close to you in an incident of this nature, you may be entitled to compensation. While this can do little to make up for the difficult experience you have suffered, it may at least relieve some of the financial burdens of the accident. Furthermore, it could help to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future. An attorney may be able to assist you with your claim and guide you through the process of building your case.