As part of the legacy of heavy industry in Upstate New York, there will be many more cases of occupational disease and death in the years to come. The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio have spent the past 13 years representing men and women suffering from diseases caused by exposure to toxic substances in the workplace, including asbestos, silica dust, and numerous other cancer causing substances.
If your spouse or parent dies of a disease caused by occupational exposure, including lung disease and cancer, you are entitled to file a claim for death benefits under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law, provided that your claim is filed within two years of the date of death. Filing a death claim should be accompanied by a copy of the death certificate, the autopsy report, if one was performed, the funeral bill, proof of family relationship (a marriage certificate, and the birth certificate of the decedent) as well as the birth certificate of the surviving spouse or children.
Our office has handled many death claims and gives each case prompt and thorough attention. Often it is necessary to retain a medical expert to review the facts of the case and provide an opinion. We have the resources to prove your case so that you will receive valuable benefits to which you are entitled under the law. Please feel free to contact us and discuss your claim with the attorneys in our office.