Philadelphia + Delaware County Workplace Death Claim Attorneys
Perhaps your loved one died because of a disease contracted from toxic substances exposure at work. Or maybe a family member was tragically killed as the result of a horrific work-related accident. It is an incomprehensible tragedy any time a person dies before having the chance to live a full life. For surviving family members and loved ones, this tragedy is amplified when the cause of death was preventable. Unfortunately, many people are killed at work, leaving behind many real concerns to be dealt with by the survivors.
Death and Dependency Claims Following Workplace Deaths
In fact, more Pennsylvania workers were fatally injured on the job in 2010 than in any other state except for Texas and California, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. These fatalities included transportation incidents, falls, contact with objects and equipment, homicides, highway incidents, fires and explosions, and exposure to harmful substances or environments. Whether your loved one was fatally injured in Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Berks County, Chester County, Philadelphia County or in any other county in Pennsylvania, survivors will want to make certain that they have received all the Workers’ Compensation benefits to which they are entitled.
At times like these, you might want to consider obtaining legal advice on issues such as the proper calculation of death and dependency benefits, the representation of survivors in appeals or disputed claim hearings, or the negotiation of a lump sum settlement. Two major obstacles to receiving dependency and death benefits are 1) proving, in cases where the employee died some time after the incident, that the death was causally related to the accident or occupational disease, and 2) proving that the employee died of this causally related job injury or disease within 300 weeks of the accident or last exposure to a harmful substance at the workplace.
In addition, errors can be made in the calculations of funeral costs or total disability payments to compensate your family. These are the types of matters that an experienced Kennett Square Workers’ Compensation attorney at the Media, PA firm of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias is skilled at handling. We will bring in qualified experts from the medical profession or reconstructionist experts to prove the scenario of a particularly complex accident that resulted in your loved one’s death.
Our Philadelphia + Delco Workplace Death Attorneys Can Help
Individual situations that call for careful attention are sometimes missed when a family is grieving the loss of their loved one from a tragic work-related accident or illness. Legal counsel experienced in the workplace injury area can provide crucial guidance to injured parties and to families. Call Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias at (484) 679-5239 or contact us online for a free consultation with one of our qualified Kennett Square Workers’ Compensation lawyers about your situation following the loss of your loved one and your rights to death and dependency benefits through Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation.