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An Injured Worker Dies: What Happens To His/Her Benefits?

AN INJURED WORKER DIES:  WHAT HAPPENS TO HIS/HER BENEFITS? 
By Chad Snow, Founding Partner/Attorney
We are asked from time to time what happens to injured workers compensation benefits when he or she dies.  

The very simple answer is that the benefits die with them.  Unless the death was caused by or contributed to by the effects of the industrial injury, benefits cease at the time of death of the injured worker.  This is because workers compensation benefits are intended to compensate for time lost from work – a worker who is deceased will obviously no longer be working.  

If the death is related at least in part to the industrial injury or effects from the treatment for that injury, then survivors’ benefits may be payable.  Those benefits are discussed in a separate blog post about survivor’s benefits. 

For more information on Workers’ Compensation or Social Security Disability, please contact Snow, Carpio & Weekley toll-free at 855-325-4781 or visit our website at www.workinjuryaz.com. We serve the entire State of Arizona and have offices located in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Lake Havasu City.