Pennsylvania workers’ compensation death benefits are among the most difficult cases to discuss. Unfortunately, on-the-job fatalities do occur and can bring serious emotional and financial burdens. When on-the-job fatalities do occur, there are situations where surviving kin are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you have a loved one that has passed away as a result of a work-related injury, here is some information to help you know whether or not you are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation death benefits.
In most cases, in order to earn workers’ compensation death benefits, the recipient must be either a dependent of or a member of the deceased person’s household. Usually, family members such as children under the age of 18 and spouses are assumed to be dependents. However, dependents that fall outside of these categories will often be asked to prove their dependency. This can be done by showing that the deceased loved one regularly provided money for bills or paid them on the person’s behalf. A workers’ compensation attorney can help gather the proper documents if this is necessary.
The purpose of these benefits is to aid those that have been financially and emotionally affected by the worker’s death. The amount received varies from case to case. Children will usually receive benefits until they turn 18, while spouses can receive benefits for a certain amount of weeks, until they remarry, or for the rest of his or her life. Some beneficiaries may even receive money to cover burial and funeral expenses.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers' compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, Altoona, or Johnstown area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 877-COMPHELP as soon as possible. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.