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​Experienced ILLINOIS Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
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Death Benefits for Amazon Flex Drivers

Chicago Law Firm for Amazon Flex Drivers

Amazon Flex Drivers are routinely in danger of getting injured in an accident. Unfortunately, some motor vehicle accidents result in fatal injuries. In the wake of their losses, family members of a deceased Amazon Flex driver may struggle not only with overwhelming feelings of grief and loss, but also with practical considerations like how to replace the decedent’s income to make mortgage payments or buy groceries or keep clothes on their backs. If you’re concerned about death benefits for Amazon Flex drivers, you should talk to the compassionate Chicago workers’ compensation benefits attorneys of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca about your claim. Our seasoned law firm handles both workers’ compensation claims and wrongful death lawsuits and can figure out the best strategy for obtaining the benefits you need in a very difficult time.

Lawyers to Recover Death Benefits for Amazon Flex Drivers’ Families

Your spouse may have told you he or she was an independent contractor at Amazon Flex. Or you might have assumed it. However, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and other remedies if your spouse or another person on whom you were financially dependent dies in a work-related accident. An experienced attorney may be able to prove the relationship using facts and the law.

Death benefits and other remedies can help families struggling with their financial situation after the death of a breadwinner or other loved one whose earnings contributed to the household. If your loved one was an Amazon Flex Driver who died in a work-related accident in or around Chicago, you may be entitled to death benefits.

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, certain survivors can get death benefits in a specific order of priority. A decedent’s spouse stands first in line to get the death benefits available. These benefits are shared with the decedent’ children who are minors under the age of 25 when they are in school full-time. The decedent’s children can also share in death benefits if they are physically or mentally disabled. If an Amazon Flex driver’s child is physically or mentally disabled, workers’ compensation death benefits may be paid for as long as the condition persists.

Death benefits amount to two-thirds of a Chicago decedent’s average weekly wage. The average weekly wage can be calculated in slightly different ways; generally, it is determined by looking at wages earned in the 52 weeks before victim’s death. There are minimum and maximum caps determined by the state average weekly wage, but these shift periodically. In addition to the death benefit, specific loved ones may be able to seek a sizeable funeral or burial benefit through the workers’ compensation system.

Third-Party Lawsuits

Workers’ compensation benefits do not entirely cover your economic losses after the death of a loved one who was an Amazon Flex driver. However, if your loved one got into a car accident in which he or she was killed and somebody else was at fault, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Our lawyers may file a lawsuit in court when someone passes away due to the neglect or misconduct of another person or entity, when the decedent could have brought a personal injury claim had he or she lived.

In Illinois, a wrongful death lawsuit needs to be filed by the personal representative of the deceased Amazon Flex driver’s estate. The court can appoint a personal representative when the deceased driver did not appoint one in an state plan. In most cases, wrongful death lawsuits arising out of car accidents are brought under a theory of negligence. This means our attorneys would need to show it’s more likely than not your loved one was killed due to another person or entity’s breach of the duty of reasonable care, which caused the death, resulting in actual damages.

Hire a Chicago Law Firm for Amazon Flex Driver Injuries

You may be struggling after the death of your loved one on the job. Our attorneys represent families of deceased Amazon Flex drivers in Champaign, Rockford, Quincy, and Aurora, as well as Sangamon, Winnebago, Kane, Cook, and Adams Counties. Call us at 312-724-5846 or complete our online form.