Live In Girlfriend of Injured Worker Killed On The Job May Recover Workers Compensation Death Benefits Under The Louisiana Workers Compensation Act

Contrary to popular belief, the Louisiana Workers Compensation Act does not require a blood relationship or relationship by marriage for a live in dependent to recover death benefits.

What is required is dependency. In the 2007 case of Russell v. House of Raeford Farms of Louisiana, Inc.,, the live in girlfriend of an employee killed on the job was entitled to death benefits, attorney fees and penalties by establishing dependency.

The court found the live in girlfriend was in a permanent and loving relationship that was shortly going to culminate in marriage with the employee; that she and her minor child had moved into employee’s home; the employee had financed her prior move and she had use of the employee’s truck, utilities, insurance, appliances, and other items.

If you have questions about your Louisiana Workers Compensation Death Benefits Claim, contact Charles Lavis at

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