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Death benefits: The facts

When someone is killed in a workplace accident, the people around the victim must be cared for by death benefits. Without these benefits, it's possible that families and dependents could suffer without the income of the person who was killed, making it harder for them to survive during an already difficult time.

Death benefits are provided through the New Hampshire Workers' Compensation Division, which decides the weekly amount paid to the surviving dependents of the person who was killed as a result of an injury on the job. The amount paid is generally based on the victim's income and will be at least a portion of that income. This allows families to continue living as they were, even with the loss of their loved one affecting them.

Who is a dependent in the case of a wrongful death and for death benefits? A widow or widower may claim benefits for herself or himself, the dependent children or for a guardian of said children as a general rule. However, widows or widowers must understand that if they get remarried, the compensation payments will cease to be paid to them.

If you get remarried and were a widow or widower with dependent children, then the remaining compensation payments are paid to the custodial parent for use for the children during their dependency.

Other things that will be paid include burial expenses up to $10,000.With children and spouses, if they are only partially dependent on the worker's income, then only a proportion of earnings will be allocated each week.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Labor, "Death Benefits," accessed Sep. 02, 2015

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