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The attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg believe in providing dignity to the families of people who have lost their lives while performing the duties of their job. Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation death benefit lawyers are focused on helping families through one of the most devastating experiences of their lives. For nearly a century, we have been pursuing justice for Pennsylvania’s workers and recovering families through personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our experience in workers’ compensation means we are ready to provide immediate and real results. Attorney J. Jeffrey Watson is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This means that HHR combines experience that dates to 1922 with modern standards in legal practice in order to deliver the best possible results to clients.

If a loved one has died due to their job and you need help with workers’ compensation death benefits, call today at (888) 498-3023. Our attorneys are ready to help you. We proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania from our offices in Carlisle, Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York.

Requirements to Receive Workers’ Comp Death Benefits in PA

The first requirement to receive benefits is the cause of death.

The decedent must have lost their life while performing the duties of their job or from causes that were introduced by their job. To receive benefits for the loss of your loved one, you must meet certain requirements in the state of Pennsylvania.

To receive workers’ compensation death benefits, you must be:

  • A spouse of the person who was killed.
  • A son or daughter of the decedent who is mentally or physically disabled.
  • A parent of the decedent who relied on them for financial support.
  • A sibling of the decedent who is under 18 or a student under 23.
  • If you are a disabled sibling, you may be eligible for benefits at any age.
  • You are the child of the person who was killed and are under the age of 18.
  • If you are a student, the maximum age to receive benefits is 23.

Those that meet one of these requirements are entitled to a $3,000 funeral expense benefit.

Recurring Benefits Under the Workers’ Comp Death Benefit

If you are a widow or widower with no children, you are entitled to 51% of the weekly wages earned by your deceased loved one. If there is one child in the family, the amount increases to 60% of weekly wages. If there are two or more children, you are entitled to 66 2/3%. If the decedent has a spouse and children that have different guardians, they must evenly split all benefits. If the decedent passed away and left behind a child, the guardians of the child receive 32% of the worker’s weekly wages.

This percentage increases by 10% for each additional child with a limit of 5 children.

Finally, 6 or more children receive the most at 66 2/3%. If no children or spouses were left behind by the deceased worker, a percentage of their weekly salary may go to dependent parents. If the parent only relied partly on the decedent for financial help, they will receive 32% of the pay. However, parents that were financially dependent on their deceased child can receive 52% of their wages.

In some cases, if those who died left behind no parents or children, siblings are entitled to wages. Siblings that receive compensation must have been financially dependent on the decedent and can receive 22% of their weekly wages.

All wages are capped at a maximum of $1,025 per week.

HHR’s Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Attorneys Are Ready to Help You Today

As noted above, many factors contribute to benefits that are given to the family members of those who lost their life while on the job. If you think you may be eligible for workers’ compensation death benefits, contact HHR immediately. Time limits exist regarding how long you have to claim these benefits. The sooner you call HHR, the sooner our workers’ compensation lawyers will be able to assist you.

Call us today at (888) 498-3023 for a free consultation. We’ve won tens of millions for clients.

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Matthew P. Rosenberg is a Partner at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg who contributes unrelenting passion for his clients and fearlessness when it comes to taking on big insurance companies and powerful employers. His primary areas of practice are motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death. Meet Matthew P. Rosenberg
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