Dependency Claims In West Virginia

Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one who earned an income can make it all the more difficult to move forward. At Warner Law Offices PLLC, our experienced lawyers understand how important it is to replace lost wages or lost benefits. That money is vital to paying rent, staying current on mortgage payments and putting food on the table.

We are available to discuss your situation and to inform you of your rights following the loss of your family member. Please call our Charleston law office today at 304-345-6789 or toll free at 866-344-4460 to schedule an initial consultation. You may also contact our firm online and a member of our team will reach out as soon as possible.

Obtaining Benefits Following A Work-Related Death

In West Virginia, family members are able to obtain benefits in two instances:

  • When an employee passed away while receiving permanent total disability benefits
  • When an employee died due to an on-the-job injury

If your loved one died from a workplace accident, you will have six months from the date of death to file a claim. The statute of limitations extends to one year from the date of death if death was caused by occupational exposure.

We understand that it can be difficult to discuss emotional topics such as the loss of a family member, but it is critical to take action as soon as possible to protect your right to these important benefits. We are compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys who will guide you every step of the way, and we will remain available should any questions or issues arise. Our No. 1 goal is to provide the service you expect and deserve from your attorney.

Lump-Sum Vs. Periodic Payments

Dependents may elect to receive death and dependency benefits in the form of a lump-sum payment or in periodic payments. We will carefully evaluate your situation and provide honest counsel on which method of payment is best for your situation. We want you to be able to make informed decisions, so we welcome questions that can help you make the best decision possible for you and your family.

Contact Warner Law Offices PLLC ∙ Free Initial Consultations

Please schedule an initial consultation today by calling 304-345-6789 or toll free at 866-344-4460. You may also contact our injury attorneys online, and we will reach out as soon as possible to discuss your needs.