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What Happens to My Workers' Compensation Case if I Die in Connecticut?

Posted by James Aspell | Sep 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. 

Understanding the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Case After a Claimant's Death

Navigating through a workers' compensation case can often be a lengthy process. In Connecticut, just like in other states, there are provisions that safeguard the interests of the family and dependents in the unfortunate event that a claimant passes away before the resolution of their workers' compensation case. One common question many have is, "If I die, what happens to my workers compensation case in Connecticut?" Let's explore the potential scenarios:

When the Death is Unrelated to Work Injuries

In the circumstance where a death occurs and it's unrelated to the work injuries central to the workers' compensation case, the claimant's estate might be entitled to certain benefits. Specifically, the estate could be eligible for any Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) settlement that the claimant would have been awarded if they had lived to see the case resolved provided that the PPD rating was given before the Claimant passed.  It should be noted that an insurance company might argue  the valuation of the PPD settlement might be significantly reduced as it's predicated on the future deterioration due to the work injury, which is no longer a factor if the claimant passes away.  In such a case, it is important to have experienced Connecticut work injury lawyers by your side.

Furthermore, the weekly workers' compensation payments that the claimant was receiving would cease upon the time of their death, if unrelated to the case.

When the Death is Related to Work Injuries

On the other hand, if the claimant's death is a direct result of the work injuries outlined in the case, the heirs could be eligible for death benefits as per Connecticut workers' compensation laws. Qualifying for these benefits requires proving dependency on the claimant, a process that can be intricate but potentially resulting in substantial compensation, sometimes even including weekly benefits extending for the lifetime of a dependent heir under specific conditions.

Ensuring Your Family's Future in Connecticut

If you're pondering, "If I die, what happens to my workers compensation case in Connecticut?" it's evident that the welfare of your family is a priority. To secure the optimum benefits available under the Connecticut workers' compensation system, and to protect your family's financial future, it's prudent to seek expert advice. Consulting with seasoned attorneys, like the team at the Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C., can provide the necessary guidance to navigate these complex situations.

With a remarkable track record in Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury cases in Connecticut, the Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. has successfully reclaimed substantial compensation for clients. Our dedicated team, with extensive presence across the state, is always ready to assist you.

To schedule a free consultation and explore the best course of action, contact the Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. at 860-523-8783


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James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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