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28 May 22


The death of a breadwinner or other earning member of a family can leave the family grief-stricken and either impoverished or struggling. The Riverside Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted to make it easier for workers injured on the job to recover compensation. Nevertheless, in practice, it is a tough law to analyze even when it’s prominent that a worker died on the job and should receive benefits. A Lyft driver’s family may be in an especially dangerous position because Lyft may have conveyed to the worker that he or she was an independent contractor not entitled to legal protections such as workers’ compensation assistance, a minimum wage, and overtime. We believe this is wrong and are willing to fight for your entitlement to assistance in the event that your spouse or any other family member on whom you were dependent dies on the job. In case you are anxious about death reimbursements for Lyft drivers, you should discuss with a knowledgeable Riverside workers’ compensation attorney of Perris, Sun City, Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Hemet, Victor Valley, Beaumont, Banning, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio Brawley.


The wrong categorizing of rideshare drivers is generic. Often, companies hire workers and ask them to sign contracts in which they agree they are independent contractors. They are able to do so because there is a discrepancy in power and resources between companies and their workers. Your spouse or parent might have explained that he signed a contract stipulating he wouldn’t be authorized to the paybacks available to him if he were treated as an employee. Nevertheless, Lyft cannot make its drivers sign away their rights. The law in Riverside assumes a Lyft driver is an employee, except when Lyft can make a specific showing of certain factors under the ABC test at the relevant hearing.

Additionally, if your loved one was a Lyft driver who died in the course of employment, you may be authorized to death reimbursements. You must be within a class of persisting family members who are entitled to weekly death reimbursements. This assistance is calculated by using 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly wage in the 52 weeks prior to the deadly injuries, and they are subject to maximum and minimum limits. Under the Riverside Workers’ Compensation Act 820 ILCS 305/7, the amount of compensation is payable during the life of the decedent’s widow or widower.
When a widow or widower is left behind, the compensation can be paid for up to 25 years or $500,000. When a child turns 18 years of age, payments can continue until he or she reaches age 25, yet only so long as the child is given admission in school full time in a recognized educational institution. A child who is mentally or physically not able to do things can receive benefits for the duration of the ineffectiveness.


When someone other than your loved one or Lyft is responsible for a work-related death, it may be appropriate to obtain damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits can be registered by the personal representative of the Lyft driver’s estate. For instance, if your spouse was seriously wounded and killed in a car accident while driving for Lyft at the same time, you are the personal representative of his estate, and our lawyers may be able to obtain damages in court.

Contrasting a workers’ compensation claim, which doesn’t fully compensate for the economic losses you sustained as a consequence of the death and doesn’t address your noneconomic losses at all, you can obtain a full spectrum of your economic and noneconomic losses in a third-party lawsuit. In Riverside, losses to which you may be entitled as a decedent’s spouse include lost wages or financial support, loss of consortium, and grief. Children may be able to gain loss of instruction after the death of a parent.


Death paybacks for Lyft drivers can make a huge variance to their family’s well-being. Lyft willprefer to take your claim for death reimbursements,critically if you’re represented by an attorney with a strong status. Our firm signifies Lyft drivers in Riverside, Perris, Sun City, Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Hemet, Victor Valley, Beaumont, Banning, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Indio Brawley.

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