No event is more emotionally trying than the death of a loved one. In addition to personal, psychological burdens, survivors may be faced with financial hardships as well. Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act affords financial assistance, in the form of workers’ compensation death benefits, to those family members and dependents left in the wake of a loved one’s death from work-related causes.
Who Can Receive Workers Comp Death Benefits?
Workers’ compensation death benefits were designed to provide for those “actually dependent” on the deceased, family members and other loved ones who relied on the deceased for essential monetary support. Usually, this category may include any of the parties listed below:
- Minor children
- Parents and siblings dependent on the deceased
The amount and type of death benefits offered to the loved ones above differs based on your relationship to the deceased, and the extent to which you were dependent on the deceased worker.
Types Of Workers’ Comp Death Benefits Offered In Pennsylvania
If an injury or disease sustained on the job immediately causes or eventually leads to death, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides both a burial expense allowance of $3,000 and weekly compensation benefits. These benefits may be payable to the widow, widower, or children of the deceased. Should there be no eligible recipients of those types, benefits may be offered to parents or siblings that were dependent on the deceased at the time of their death.
Benefits paid to a spouse can continue for life, or until they remarry. In the event that they do, the surviving spouse will be paid a lump sum equalling 104 weeks of compensation.
Wrongful Death Attorneys In Pennsylvania
Sometimes, a loved one’s death from work-related causes can be traced back to the negligent behavior of another. Under Pennsylvania law, this is known as “wrongful death,” and it harms far more people than just the deceased. Families are left distraught, broken, and often unable to provide for themselves financially. In this case, survivors of a loved one’s death have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek justice, peace of mind, and financial remuneration for the harm that another’s carelessness has caused.
The attorneys at Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. have over 30 years of experience advocating for the rights of families damaged by the wrongful death of a loved one. We employ our full range of resources on the behalf of every client. Our mission is to pursue accountability in employer-employee relationships. Contact us for a consultation.
Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Death Benefits Attorney
Are you the surviving spouse, child, or other dependent of a worker who died from work-related injuries or disease? To understand your rights as a survivor, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. You may be entitled to workers’ comp death benefits. To review your legal options, call Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. at 215.563.0600 or complete our online contact form.