What do you do if your spouse passes away on the job?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

It’s a phone call that no one wants to get. There has been a workplace accident. Your spouse was rushed to the hospital, but they’re not likely to survive. Family members are asked to go visit as soon as possible. 

Your first thoughts are, of course, for your spouse and the immediate response to the situation. You want to know what happened, you want to know what options you have. You want to know how to contact the best medical professionals in the state. 

Tragically, though, thousands of workers die every year. If your spouse does not recover, what are you going to do? What options do you have? Certainly, you need to spend time with your family and build a support system for something as difficult as this. Money is not your first thought. But you do need to consider it eventually. 

After all, you could be facing high medical bills from the time they spent in the hospital. You also have funeral expenses now that they have passed away. Not only are they missing their next paycheck, but your family has lost a source of income forever. If your spouse was the main worker for the family, how are you possibly supposed to make ends meet with no income? Suddenly, life feels very unstable and it seems like one accident has changed everyone’s future. 

In a case like this, it is no longer just about your spouse. It is about looking after yourself and your children. You need to make sure that you fully understand all of the different legal options you have for compensation. Money won’t return your spouse to you — but it can provide for your needs and the needs of your children moving forward.