Nothing is worse than losing a loved one to a work-related injury or occupational disease. In addition to the emotional pain and loss, your family will suffer financially, especially if the deceased was the main breadwinner.
A work-related accident that causes the death of a loved one is devastating both emotionally and financially. If you have lost a loved one or have been critically injured yourself in a work-related accident, it is in your best interests to discuss your situation with an experienced Harrisburg workers’ compensation attorney at Schmidt Kramer. Our knowledgeable lawyers are dedicated to helping clients obtain the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits they deserve.
Although nothing can replace the loss of a family member, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act does provide benefits to help the surviving spouse and children recover financially from the tragedy. The act provides two benefits:
- Burial expense allowance of $3,000
- Weekly compensation benefit payments
Weekly compensation is typically paid to the surviving spouse and children, although they may be payable to parents and siblings in the event the worker was not married and had no children.
A surviving spouse who is living with or financially dependent upon the worker at the time of death is entitled to weekly benefit payments. These payments continue for life, unless the surviving spouse remarries. When the surviving spouse remarries, weekly payments will stop after a lump sum payment equal to 104 weeks of compensation is paid.
Children receive benefit payments up until the age of 18, unless they are dependent due to a disability. In that case, they receive benefit payments as long as the disability remains. Children of the deceased worker may continue to receive benefits up until the age of 23 if they are enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited learning institution.