The New York State Workers Compensation Board was established to help injured workers, but one Poughkeepsie family has been in a two year battle to get the benefits they say they are owed.
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Eric Watson died suddenly in 2018 after being granted workers compensation benefits in 2007 after a workplace accident
According to New York Workers Compensation Law when a worker dies while still receiving workers compensation benefits those payments should continue being paid, to either a spouse or surviving minor child
Eric Watson’s family filed a claim that Kanye should get the remaining 38.8 weeks of benefits owed to his son but the workers compensation board ruled against the family
Poughkeepsie resident Eric Watson was a family man juggling three jobs when he was injured while working as a teacher’s assistant for Dutchess County BOCES BETA.
“He was out on workers compensation and he was awarded seven years to receive the same payment weekly,” said Linda Green, the mother of Eric Watson’s children.
After he recovered, he went back to work but died suddenly in 2018, leaving his family devastated.
“My dad was really a special person and he really cared a lot about his family and worked hard to provide for us,” said Kanye Green, Eric Watson’s 16-year-old son.
According to New York Workers Compensation Law, when a worker dies while still receiving workers compensation benefits, those payments should continue being paid, to either a spouse or surviving minor child. In this case, the family wants those benefits to go to Mr. Watson’s son Kanye, who dreams of going to Duke University on a basketball scholarship after high school.
“Immediately, Kanye and I both looked at it as this is money that we can put towards his college fund,” said Linda Green.
Their attorney filed a claim that Kanye should get the remaining 38.8 weeks of benefits owed to his father, but the workers compensation board ruled against the family.
“We appealed that to the appellate division, which takes it out of the workers compensation board into the court, and we won,” said Lou Dauerer, the family’s lawyer.