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How Does a Family Recover After a Fatal Work Accident?

Sad news from Altoona, as an employee working in a manufacturing facility was killed after being crushed in a machine. While his family mourns, an investigation begins on to what may have happened. 

Over time, the family will begin trying to figure out what to do next...where to turn for answers? What can be done? What happens next?

What...happens...next? That's a question we get often.

In Iowa, death benefits are payable to the dependents of the employee. Benefits are first payable to the surviving spouse for life or until remarriage. Dependent children are entitled to the benefits until they reach age 18, or age 25 if they are actually dependent.

Others may qualify, if there is a showing of actual dependency. Upon remarriage, if there are no dependent children, the surviving spouse is entitled to a two-year lump sum settlement.

Burial expenses not to exceed twelve times the statewide average weekly wage in effect at the time of death are paid in addition to the weekly death benefits.

If you've been injured while on the job...or maybe you've had a loved one who was injured on the job...you need to know your rights. Employers & insurance companies are rarely forthcoming when it comes to providing you with information.

We fight for you...we will continue to fight for you...and will do so until you've received the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to!Call Eric, Randy, or Sarah at 515-225-4485, and let them take the time to over your claim with you, let them hear your concerns, and together we can explore all the possible actions. 

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