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You’re not alone. Our Michigan workers’ comp lawyers have been called the best in the state, and we pride ourselves on providing you with care, trust, and responsiveness.

It is time to fix our shameful workers’ compensation system and provide adequate death benefits in Michigan.

Detroit Free Press says Michigan is less generous when it comes to death benefits under workers’ compensation compared to other states.

A companion Detroit Free Press article shows little justice for families when a relative is killed on-the-job.

We have blogged about death benefits on several different occasions. Qualifying dependents can receive up to 500 weeks of wage loss benefits. A $6,000 burial expense is also available. Not exactly a big payout for families who lose a spouse or parent.

A spouse is required to show factual dependency and will be disqualified if more than 50% of his or her support comes from another source. This is usually the case in two income families. Even when a spouse can show partial dependency, the weekly comp rate gets chopped by other income. All benefits stop upon remarriage.

Children under the age of 16 at the time of death are presumed wholly dependent and entitled to 500 weeks of wage loss benefits. This amount is shared among all children. After 500 weeks, children may be entitled to continuing benefits until age 21 if special conditions are met.

Proving dependency for children over 16 is difficult. Evidence must be presented showing how much support the deceased parent actually gave to the child. This can be complicated when spouses are divorced and have multiple children.

It is time we fix our complicated and inadequate workers’ compensation system. All spouses and children under the age of 18 should be considered wholly dependent regardless of other income. Dependents should also be able to seek additional benefits after 500 weeks if more support is needed.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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Our attorneys post regularly about common issues related to workers’ comp, including common injuries, settlement calculations, laws, and more.

Our workers’ compensation and Social Security disability lawyers always put your needs first. Get to know your legal team.