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

Dan Brian   |  May 3, 2018   |  

Riddle & Brantley attorneys Adam Smith and Gene Riddle recently secured $350,000 in workers’ 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 by Smith and Riddle allowed the minor child and her mother to recover workers’ compensation benefits that will total over $375,000.

Do You Have a Workers’ Comp Death Benefits Claim?

In a situation where death occurs on the job, we strongly urge you to speak with our experienced North Carolina workers’ comp 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.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim. You may be entitled to compensation and you deserve justice. Please contact us today and let’s see how we can help.


*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they 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.