When a worker passes away from a work-related injury or illness, his or her surviving dependents are eligible to receive benefits. Called “death benefits,” these sums are available to the worker’s spouse, children, or other dependents who relied on the worker for financial support. (To learn about compensation for injured workers, see our article on Oregon workers’ comp benefits.)
A worker’s dependents—those who relied on the worker for financial support in whole or in part—are eligible to receive death benefits. The following family members are entitled to death benefits:
Other family members can also qualify as dependents if they were dependent on the worker for financial support, including:
Death benefits are available when a worker passes away due to a work-related injury or illness or when a worker dies while receiving permanent total disability benefits due to a work injury or illness.
Death benefits are as follows:
The maximum monthly death benefits are updated each year. For current rates, see the death benefit maximums at website of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division.
Oregon also provides a generous allowance for funeral and burial costs. As of July 2017, workers’ comp will pay for up to $19,260.20 in funeral and burial costs. The remaining balance after bills are paid goes to the worker’s estate.
If you are seeking death benefits, you should notify your loved one’s employer in writing as soon as possible after the worker’s death, but no later than 90 days afterwards. The employer should provide you with any necessary paperwork to make a claim. If the employer is unhelpful, contact the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division right away to get help making a claim.If you’re having trouble collecting workers’ comp death benefits, you should consult with a workers’ comp lawyer. To learn more, see our article on how much an Oregon workers’ comp lawyer costs.)