Death from overwork
As mentioned on the workersf compensation page, if a worker gets injured or dies while the worker is on the job, workersf compensation is granted. Compensation for absence from work is provided for the injured worker and bereaved family compensation is provided for the family of a worker who dies.
Workersf compensation is provided for death from overwork if sudden brain death, heart disease, or suicide resulting from insanity brought on by prolonged or intensely stressful work is the cause. When workersf compensation is granted and compensation for the bereaved family is provided, the benefits sometimes exceed tens of millions of yen.
There are many cases of foreign workers working more than 12 hours per day to send money to their families in their home countries. If one of these workers suddenly died from brain or heart disease or committed suicide, it would be necessary to suspect overwork as the cause.
Criteria for approving workers' compensation
The criteria for approving workersf compensation are: a worker had been working more than 100 extra hours during one month just before he or she died of brain or heart disease; a worker had been working an average of 80 extra hours per month during the six months just before he or she died.
This is a rough indication, not the absolute criteria. It is not easy to collect evidence for overtime work and to verify it. When you suspect death from overwork or suicide induced by overwork, please do not hesitate to contact us for consultation.