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Unfortunately, on-the-job fatalities do occur and can bring serious emotional and financial burdens for all surviving loved ones. However, there are situations where surviving kin are entitled to compensation benefits.
In order to earn Pennsylvania workers’ compensation death benefits, the recipient must either be a dependent, or a member, of the deceased person’s household. In most cases, family members such as children under the age of 18 and spouses are assumed to be dependents. However, dependents that fall outside of these two categories will often be asked to prove their dependency. An attorney can assist survivors with this process, which includes showing that the deceased loved one regularly provided money for bills or paid them on the person’s behalf.
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. Contact PAWORKERSCOMPHELPNOW at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message for a free consultation. Do not miss your entitled benefits.