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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Accidental Death Attorneys

There are more workplace fatalities than many of us would like to think. There is a long list of ways a worker can be killed in an accident, and these events happen with unfortunate regularity. Whether you are the spouse, child, or other dependent of someone who suffered this tragic outcome, our office is here to help. Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. has over 30 years of experience helping families get the compensation that is rightfully theirs as they move forward in rebuilding their lives. 

Schedule a free consultation with our accidental death lawyer by calling (934) 200-5372. We serve Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex Counties and throughout all of New Jersey.

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Common Accidental Deaths in the Workplace

New Jersey has a high population density and more commercial activity than most states. The unfortunate side effect of that vibrancy is that we also have a larger percentage of the national workplace deaths. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that approximately 5,000 workers are killed in accidents in private industry almost every year. 

Statistics demonstrate that certain risks and factors result in deaths more frequently than others, and the largest percentage of fatalities are caused by some form of construction accident. 

The most common ways accidental death happens within the scope of employment include: 

  • Fall
  • Electrocution
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Defective machine or product
  • Being struck by an object
  • Forklift accidents
  • Collapse
  • Fire or explosion
  • Confined space
  • Train accident or derailment
  • Boating or maritime accident
  • Aviation or plane accident

If you are a dependent who lost your loved one in an accident or as a result of occupational exposure, you are entitled to benefits under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act. 


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  • Can you collect workers’ compensation and retirement benefits?
    If you retire while on workers’ compensation, you may still be entitled to certain workers’ comp benefits. For example, workers’ comp will continue to pay for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. While temporary wage replacement will cease if you retire, since retirement means you have no intention of returning to work, you are still able to collect permanent disability benefit payments while retired.
  • Does a workers’ compensation settlement affect Social Security disability benefits?
    Yes. New Jersey is considered a “reverse offset” state. Unlike most other states where workers’ comp benefits may be reduced to the extent that a disabled worker is also receiving Social Security disability benefits, in New Jersey workers’ comp benefits are used to offset the Social Security disability benefits that a worker would receive. Although New Jersey law does not consider workers’ comp settlements to be compensation benefits, the Social Security Administration does offset settlements against disability benefit payments.
  • Can you get unemployment after filing for workers’ compensation?
    While you cannot collect unemployment and workers’ comp benefits at the same time, you may be able to file a claim for unemployment benefits (if you have been terminated from your job for an eligible reason) after you have fully recovered from a work injury or illness and no longer receive workers’ comp benefits.

Available Death Benefits in New Jersey 

The compensation survivors can receive includes the following: 

  • Death benefits for dependents: These generally include weekly payments based on a percentage of the deceased worker’s wages.
  • Funeral expenses: New Jersey Worker's Compensation law also covers funeral expenses for workers who die from work-related incidents. The amount provided for funeral costs is capped at a specific limit set by law.
  • Surviving spouse benefits: A surviving spouse is eligible for benefits until they remarry or until their death. The benefit amount is calculated as a portion of the deceased worker’s average weekly earnings.
  • Child dependency benefits: Children of the deceased worker are eligible for benefits until they reach the age of 18. It can be longer if they are full-time students or disabled. 
  • Non-dependent parents and siblings: If there are no immediate dependent relatives, non-dependent parents and siblings may receive compensation. However, these benefits are often limited compared to those for direct dependents.
  • Permanent total disability payments: In cases where a worker's death results from a permanent total disability previously awarded, benefits continue to be paid to dependents. 
  • Medical expense reimbursement: Any medical expenses incurred before the worker’s death due to the workplace injury are reimbursable under New Jersey Workers Compensation Law. 

Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. is highly knowledgeable in survival claim cases and has the tools to help you and your family get the settlement you deserve. 

Accidental Death Attorneys in New Jersey

It will likely be necessary to file a formal claim petition with the deceased’s employers’ workers' compensation insurance carrier. Accidental death claims often involve payments made over a long period of time. It’s our experience, unfortunately, that insurance carriers often need to be put under pressure to pay out benefits to the maximum degree allowable by law. We’re here to apply the needed pressure. 

To discuss the specifics of your situation, call us at (934) 200-5372 or reach out here online to set up a free consultation. If you choose to retain our firm, we will represent you on a contingency basis, which means that we will not charge any legal fees unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

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