When you lose a loved one in a work accident, it can be a devastating experience. Not only have you lost companionship and emotional support, you may also be left without the financial support you have come to depend on.
While no amount of money can ever make up for the life that was lost, death benefits do provide compensation to help dependents of the deceased. This includes up to $3,000 for burial expenses and weekly payments of death benefits. If you are a dependent, the amount of weekly benefits you will receive is based on a set formula and will vary depending on the facts in your situation.
Are You Eligible For Death Benefits?
Workers' compensation provides death benefits to dependents of the individual who died in a work-related accident. Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act outlines the type of dependents who are eligible for death benefits. This includes:
- Minor children, including stepchildren and adopted children
- Dependent adult children under the age of 23 who are enrolled in an accredited educational program
If there is no spouse or children, then death benefits may be available to dependent parents or siblings of the deceased.
Experienced Workers' Compensation Lawyers Helping You
At the law offices of Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we can guide you through the process of obtaining death benefits. Our attorneys have been assisting clients with workers' compensation issues in Pennsylvania since 1936. We can provide you with the information and insight into the process and help you after the loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or other family member. Contact our law firm online or call us at 570-622-8297, or toll free at 877-794-2396 to schedule a free consultation with a trusted Philadelphia workers' compensation lawyer.