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Fatal Work Accidents

Joplin Fatal Work Accident Attorneys

Expert Legal Assistance for Work-Related Death Claims

Losing a family member to a workplace incident is an unimaginable tragedy. In Joplin, MO, where families and the community are tightly knit, such a loss resonates deeply. If you're grappling with this kind of loss, you should know that Missouri law provides certain protections for the families of workers who have suffered fatal injuries on the job. At Webster & Carlton, we specialize in guiding families through the process of securing the workers' compensation benefits they deserve during such a difficult time.

If your loved one was fatally injured at work, do not hesitate to reach out to experienced fatal work accident lawyers in Joplin at Webster & Carlton. Call (417) 545-3775 or complete our contact form online.

Understanding Workers' Compensation for Fatal Work Accidents in Joplin

Families of workers who died as a result of work-related accidents or conditions may be eligible for compensation in two scenarios:

  1. The deceased was an employee who died in an accident while undertaking work-related activities.
  2. The employee who passed away had previously been given permanent partial or whole disability payments and died of unrelated causes.

Our team at Webster & Carlton is here to ensure that you don't have to worry about your financial stability during this difficult time.

Financial Support and Benefits for Families in Joplin

Eligible spouses and dependent children of the deceased worker may be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Weekly payments amounting to 66 ⅔% of the deceased worker's average weekly wage from the previous year.
  • Up to $5,000 towards funeral expenses.
  • A spouse may receive these benefits for life unless they remarry, while dependent children are typically covered until they turn 18. In certain situations, such as a disability, military service, or college enrollment, these benefits may be extended.

It's important to note that if a worker passes away from causes not related to their work after receiving disability benefits, their family is not entitled to ongoing benefits but may receive a one-time lump sum payment.

Schedule Your Free Consultation in Joplin

Connect with Webster & Carlton for more information about your case and discover more about your potential options in a free consultation -- you can fill out our online contact form or give our Joplin office a call at (417) 545-3775 to schedule. After a work-related death in the Joplin area, our pledge is to be by your side and fight for the resources you and your family need to move forward.

You don’t have to go though this difficult alone. Speak with qualified fatal work accident attorneys in Joplin at Webster & Carlton. Complete our online form or call (417) 545-3775 to request a free initial consultation.

Meet Our Team

Committed to Working Tirelessly on Your Behalf to Get You the Compensation You Are Owed


  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyer Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

Why Choose Webster & Carlton?

  • Experienced Firm
    With over 48 years of collective legal expertise, the legal professionals at Webster & Carlton, specializing in workers' compensation, are dedicated to navigating the complexities of Missouri's workers' compensation system, and obtaining the compensation, medical treatment, and support our clients deserve.
  • Client First Representation
    Our firm has a focus on clear communication, transparency, and personalized service, we ensure that our clients are well-informed and actively involved throughout the legal process. From the initial consultation to case resolution, we prioritize building strong attorney-client relationships based on trust and collaboration.
  • Detailed Oriented Preparation
    At Wester & Carlton, we pride ourselves on our meticulous approach to each case. Our commitment to detail ensures thorough preparation for all aspects of your legal journey, be it mediation, trials, or any other events your case may involve. You can trust that your case will receive the detailed attention it deserves.
  • Virtual & Free Consultations

    Better understand your legal options and ensure an informed decision by contacting us to arrange a free consultation. Experience the added convenience of virtual consultations, allowing you to delve into your case, pose relevant questions, and gain valuable insights from our team, wherever you are located.

Stay In The Know

  • Why Do I Need a Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
    A workers’ compensation claim can take several months, even years, to resolve, especially if you continue to suffer from the effects of your work-related injury. Your employer and its insurance company will be represented by highly skilled attorneys who know how to exploit an injured employee. You need to level the playing field by hiring a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight on your behalf.
  • What Happens If My Employer Denies Me Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
    In many cases, your employer or their insurance company will promptly pay any workers’ compensation benefits. But if they deny benefits–or stop paying them before you receive what you believe you are entitled to under the law–then you have the right to file a claim with the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. An administrative law judge appointed by the Division will review your claim and either conduct mediation between you and your employer, or alternatively hold a formal hearing to determine your right to compensation.
  • What Kinds of Injuries Are Covered?

    Under Missouri law, workers’ compensation only covers injuries that arise “out of and in the course of employment.” This includes accidents that occur during your work shift. It also includes “occupational diseases” contracted at work, provided workplace exposure was the “prevailing” cause.

    Workers’ compensation is not necessarily limited to injuries suffered at your normal workplace. If your job requires you to travel–i.e., make deliveries or conduct on-site work with clients–you may be compensated for injuries sustained in the course of such travel. However, Missouri workers’ compensation law specifically excludes injuries sustained while commuting from home to work and back, even if you use a company-owned car.

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In the event of a workplace injury, securing compensation for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, and related expenses requires the expertise of a seasoned workers' compensation attorney.

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