How Pennsylvania Awards Death Benefits in the Event of a Fatal Workplace Injury

Compassionate Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help You Protect Your Family’s Future

In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation benefits are paid out in a weekly schedule to employees who have sustained an injury or developed a chronic illness related to their working conditions. Under the most tragic of circumstances, however, the Commonwealth provides death benefits to widows, widowers and children of workers who died as a result of an accident or incident on the job. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we work with grieving families in a safe environment to help them obtain the compensation they are due when their spouse or parent is fatally injured. Our team of empathetic Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers knows that money will never replace your loved one, but it can help ease the financial burdens you face in the immediate aftermath and in the future. We want to help you help your family, so you can focus on the healing process.

How are Death Benefits Calculated?

Under Pennsylvania law, death weekly death benefits and a lump-sum payment of no more than $3000 for burial expenses may be awarded to:

  • Spouses
  • Minor children, including stepchildren
  • Adult children under the age of 23 who are enrolled in some kind of accredited program
  • Adult children classified as disabled
  • Parents or siblings, under certain circumstances

The benefits are awarded based on how many children there are, and how much money the worker made. The amount cannot be in excess of the average Pennsylvania wage. The breakdown looks like this:

  • Widow or widower without children: 51% of weekly wage
    • With one child: 60% of weekly wage
    • With two or more children: 66 2/3% of weekly wage
  • Orphaned child: 32% of weekly wage
    • Two children: 42% of weekly wage
    • Three children: 52% of weekly wage
    • Four children: 62% of weekly wage
    • Five children: 64% of weekly wage
    • Six or more children: 66 2/3% of weekly wage

Parents or siblings who were partially or totally dependent upon the worker may also be entitled to collect death benefits in varying percentages. In general, death benefits cannot be collected indefinitely, and the amount of weeks a dependent can collect will be set from the beginning, so that you know exactly how much compensation you are entitled to collect, and for how long.

If you are unsure whether or not you are entitled to death benefits, a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can help you review your claim and answer any questions you have. We know that this is a difficult time for you, and that you may have questions later on in the process that you did not think to ask when you started. We promise to respect your time and your circumstances, and offer you compassionate counsel when you need it.

If You are Entitled to Death Benefits Stemming From the Loss of Your Family Member, Larry Pitt & Associates Can Help

The loss your family member is always tragic. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we do what we can to help you through these challenging times, and to ease the financial burden you may now face because of the unexpected loss. To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm, please call 888-748-8529 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.

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