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Riddle & Brantley Secures $350K in Worker’s Compensation Death Benefits

Gene Riddle   |  May 3, 2018   |  

The verdict below is intended to illustrate the type of matters handled by our firm. This result does not guarantee a similar outcome, and should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.


Riddle & Brantley attorneys Adam Smith and Gene Riddle recently secured $350,000 in Worker’s Compensation death benefits for the daughter of a man who was killed in a workplace accident.

In North Carolina, when a worker is killed while on the job, his widow and children typically are entitled to receive worker’s compensation death benefits. However, the situation can be very complicated when the worker dies while unmarried.

Earlier this year, the attorneys held a full evidentiary hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and successfully obtained a favorable Order & Award in which they proved that a young child was the proper beneficiary of the worker who had been killed on the job.

The child’s birth certificate listed no father, and she did not share his last name. There was also no custody order for child support. However, Riddle & Brantley was able to prove, through live testimony of relatives, text messages, social media postings, and bank records, that the child had been recognized by the deceased worker as his child and that he had contributed financially to the child directly and to the child’s mother.

The effort from both Smith and Riddle allowed the minor child and her mother to recover worker’s compensation benefits that will total over $375,000.

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In any case, where death occurs on the job, we strongly urge you to speak with our experienced Worker’s Compensation attorneys as early as possible. They can direct the investigation, obtain all OSHA reports and any other information in an effort to maximize the recovery for the legal beneficiaries.

If you would like to learn more about how a Riddle & Brantley’s worker’s compensation attorneys may be able to help you, contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.