If you lose a loved one in a workplace accident, do you get death benefits? 

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

The moment that you find out that your spouse or someone you love has been killed in a work accident, you feel devastated. Not only have you lost someone important to you, but you now have to handle your home on a single income and try to put your life back together without them there. It’s a highly difficult situation to handle, and it’s much harder if you try to do it on your own. That’s why many people speak with an attorney to have them handle the workers’ compensation or wrongful death claim that they wish to pursue. 

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws, you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim for death benefits, which may help take some of the burden of your loved one’s death off your shoulders. Surviving spouses and dependent children may pursue benefits through the program. Sometimes, children over the age of 18 can also pursue death benefits if a sibling or parent they were dependent on passes away, too. 

Can you file a wrongful death lawsuit instead?

Work-related deaths may also lead to wrongful death lawsuits in some cases. It’s a good idea to speak with your attorney about your options before you decide on what you’d like to do because there could be more than one way for you to seek compensation for the loss you’ve been dealt. 

Our website has more information about negotiating, litigating and fighting for the compensation that you and your family deserve after the loss of a loved one and their financial support. It is not fair that you’ve been put into this position, and you deserve to be heard.