Injury Law Blog

Sep 08, 2010 | Staff

$70,000 in Death Benefits for Wife of WMATA Employee Killed at Work

In September 2010, a client came to our law firm after having been previously represented by three different well-regarded firms. Each of the firms investigated the claim and concluded that the client was not eligible for benefits. Though she came to us discouraged, our new client wanted one last legal opinion before abandoning her claim. Our client was married to a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) track repairer. On August 9, 2009, while working on the rail tracks, her husband was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by a WMATA employee. Our client filed a workers’ compensation claim for her husband’s death against his employer—WMATA—in the District of Columbia. WMATA denied the claim, challenging the marital relationship and arguing that the couple had separated, were no longer together, and/or did not have a valid marriage. After attending an informal conference before the Office of Workers’ Compensation, it was recommended that our client receive death benefits. WMATA rejected the recommendation and filed for a hearing before an administrative law judge. ChasenBoscolo Attorney Mike Kitzman proceeded to court on our client’s behalf. Through his representation, our client won benefits in excess of $70,000, plus continuing payments to her and her young daughter. Great job Mike!

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