C. A. Whitehouse, Assoc. Counsel, Ralph H. Beheney, Counsel State Workmen's Ins. Fund, Harrisburg, for appellants.
Thomas B. Noonan, Mahanoy City, Thomas L. Kennedy, Jr., Hazleton, for appellee.
Before Rhodes, P. J., and Hirt, Reno, Ross, Gunther, Wright and Woodside, JJ.
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Andrew Hvizda became totally disabled by anthracosilicosis on March 5, 1951, and has last day of employment by Jeddo Highland Coal Company was January 31, 1949. Pursuant to an agreement of counsel dated March 8, 1951, an award was entered on May 16, 1951, for compensation under the Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act, 77 P.S. § 1401 et seq., for 200 weeks at the rate of $20 a week, a total of $4,000. After receiving compensation for 52 weeks, he died on March 10, 1952. On April 7, 1952, his widow, the appellee, filed a claim for the unpaid balance of the deceased's compensation and for $200 burial expenses. Her entire claim was allowed by the referee, and his action was affirmed by the Board and the court below. State Workmen's Insurance Fund, the employer's insurance carrier, and the Commonwealth, appealed.
Appellants concede that the claim of deceased's widow for the unpaid balance of his compensation is valid and its sole contention here relates to her claim for burial expenses. Her husband died more than three years after the date of his last employment and upon this fact appellants based their argument that she is not entitled to recover the burial expenses.
This issue has been set at rest by Kugris v. Hammond Coal Co., Pa. Super., 101 A.2d 155,
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decided this day, and further discussion is unnecessary. If anything, the instant case is stronger than the Kugris case, since Hvizda died while he was still receiving the compensation awarded for the loss of wages. Affirmance might well have been based upon the able opinion of Judge Lewis of the court below, whose learned and exhaustive analysis of the statutory and decisional law was available for the formulation of the Kugris opinion.