Most people do not go off to work every morning concerned as to whether or not they will return home that night. Yet as a law enforcement officer, firefighter or other type of first responder in Harrisburg, you are not most people.
Indeed, many of those in your same profession come to us here at the Law Office of Richard F. Maffett question whether workers’ compensation would even be an option at all for their families were they to die in the line of duty. Fortunately for them (and for you), the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.”
Workers’ compensation death benefits
Many may not realize it, but one of the biggest expenses your loved ones may have to deal with in the event of your untimely end is the cost of your funeral. Pennsylvania workers ‘ compensation law provides up to $3000 to help cover these costs. This is true regardless of profession.
Line of Death and Disability benefits
Yet your main concern may be how your family will cope with the loss of your financial support. Special considerations exists given the nature of your work. According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the state will make an additional one-time payment to your spouse (or to your parents or minor children if you have no spouse) should you die in the line of duty. The law sets that amount at $100,000; however, benefits providers adjust it annually to keep up with inflation.
Furthermore, assistance may be available for your children to help them complete their schooling. They remain eligible for this assistance until the age of 25 provided they continue full-time in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
You can learn more about the financial assistance available to injured workers by continuing to explore our site.