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Q: My husband was killed in a workplace accident – will I be able to receive some form or compensation?

As workers’ compensation attorneys, we talk a lot about injured workers and the benefits that these men and women have the right to receive. These benefits help them bridge the financial gap while they are unable to work by covering a portion of their lost wages, and will also cover the medical bills associated with their workplace injury.

Unfortunately, some workers do not survive their workplace injury, and may leave dependents like spouses and children behind. In this scenario, the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system may provide dependents or members of the deceased’s household with certain benefits, including:

  • Funeral costs and burial expenses
  • Lost wages at a rate of approximately two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage

These benefits may be paid out to the spouse for a set number of weeks, until the spouse passes, or until the spouse remarries. Child beneficiaries typically receive benefits until they reach the age of 18. Amounts may be adjusted for dependents that are partially financially independent.

While spouses and children are typically assumed to be dependents, they may occasionally need to provide proof of financial dependence. This is generally very easy to prove using proof of payment for bills.

Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is both emotionally and financially devastating to family members. Surviving dependents are often faced with leftover medical bills and a greatly impacted household income.

If you have lost your spouse in a workplace accident, you have a right to receive workers’ compensation death benefits, and the attorneys at Schmidt Kramer can help you secure these benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your case, and to receive the financial peace of mind that you deserve.

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