Do workers’ comp benefits extend to the family of a deceased worker?

If a worker dies as the result of an injury or on-the-job exposure, death benefits are usually paid to dependents. This typically includes the surviving spouse and any minor children as well. Under certain circumstances, other dependent relatives of the deceased worker can also receive benefit payments. The amount of the dependency benefits is usually determined by the wages in effect at the time of the accident. There is at times a maximum cap on the amount of such benefits.

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