What are my rights if my spouse is killed in a work related accident?
If the employer and the insurance carrier accept the claim, they will begin paying the widow weekly workers’ compensation benefits that will continue until the widow is remarried or dies. The children of the deceased spouse who are dependent can also receive workers’ compensation benefits, but if they just have a widow they go to the widow. In addition, Iowa law requires that the employer and the insurance carrier pay for a portion of the funeral expenses and any medical expenses associated with the workers death. If your spouse is killed or dies at work, the claim may be denied for another reason. Regardless, that widow or widower should seek out the advice of an attorney as to whether or not they could be entitled to workers’ compensation.