Losing a loved one from a work accident is a devastating experience. Not only have you lost companionship and emotional support, but you may also be left without the financial support you have come to depend on. If your loved one lost their life from a work-related injury or accident, you might be able to qualify for death benefits. These benefits may ease the hardship that you and your family may be going through.
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. Death benefits include up to $3,000 for burial expenses, along with weekly payments. 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 of 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. The type of dependents include:
- 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
Here at 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 any other family member. Email or contact us at (215) 223-6718 to schedule a free consultation with a trusted Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer.