Moving forward and establishing a stable life in the aftermath of a tragic death takes time, effort and the help of family and friends. A work-related wrongful death often causes increased stress and a level of unpreparedness within the immediate family. In cases when a death occurs at the workplace, there may be additional resources available to help with expenses, loss of income and other damages.
If your loved one was killed in an accident or other event that occurred at the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party or other entities. You may need to seek the guidance and expertise of an experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you determine what options you have available for assistance in this difficult time.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act
The state of Pennsylvania enacted the Workers’ Compensation Act to protect the income and job status of injured workers. All employers in the state of Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for all employees. When a work-related death occurs, workers’ compensation provides financial support to surviving dependents and eligible family members via death benefit payments.
A summary of workers’ compensation death benefits follows.
- The Act provides for burial expenses in the amount of $3,000.
- Weekly income compensation benefits may be payable for life for spouses or until the spouse remarries. A lump sum payment totaling 104 weeks of income may be paid after a spouse remarries. Consult your attorney for guidance on what you should expect to receive for weekly income compensation payments.
- Benefits are payable to spouses, dependent children and in some cases siblings or parents that were dependent on the deceased for financial support.
The circumstances surrounding the work-related accident or medical condition that caused the death of your loved one may be considered and may affect your case. Be sure to have a qualified attorney help ensure you receive all benefits due to you in a fair and timely manner.
Work-Related Wrongful Death Cases
In some cases, the accident or medical condition that led to the loss of your loved one may have been preventable. The negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity may warrant the pursuit of a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Some examples of wrongful death cases in the workplace include the following.
- Heavy machinery malfunctions
- Many types of preventable construction accidents
- Auto accidents
- Chemical or toxin exposure or spills
- Fires or explosions
If you believe your loved one was killed in a preventable situation or that someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing contributed to the death, speak with your attorney to determine if you have a viable wrongful death case.
Cordisco & Saile LLC Specializes in Wrongful Death Cases
Cordisco & Saile LLC is a Pennsylvania law firm that specializes in wrongful death litigation and workplace death cases. Our team is experienced in assisting families in obtaining the compensation and restitution they deserve in a difficult time. We are here to help you with your case. We will prepare your documentation, file your claim and support you at every stage of the legal process. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.