Indiana Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated December 2016

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

$150,000 line-of-duty death benefit to surviving spouse or, if no surviving spouse, to surviving children. Death must have occurred as a direct result of personal injury or illness resulting from any action public safety officer is obligated or authorized to perform. An additional death benefit of $12,000 is paid to the heirs or estate of Public Employees’ Retirement Fund. Supplemental Group Life Insurance may also apply if purchased previous to the fatality.

Survivor Benefit Checklist:

  • Properly completed survivor benefit application;
  • Copy of marriage certificate;
  • Affidavit stating member was actually married to spouse at the time of death;
  • Survivor(s) birth certificate(s);
  • Death certificate of deceased member.

Contact:
Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF)
One North Capitol, Suite 001
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (888) 526-1687
Local Fax: (317) 232-3882
Toll Free Fax: (866) 591-9441
E-mail: questions@inprs.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov

(Reference: PERF Handbook, Page 6; Indiana Code 36-8-8-14.1; 36-8-8-16; 36-8-8-20)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Workers’ compensation does not cover members of municipal fire departments or members of a firefighter pension plan. Indiana Code 36-8-4-5(a) provides care to these firefighters who are injured or made ill by the performance of their duties. This coverage may include medical and surgical care, medicine and laboratory, x-ray and therapeutic services.

Spouse, or spouse with children, of firefighter covered by workers compensation receives 66 2/3% of average weekly wage for a maximum of 500 weeks. Spousal benefit terminates upon remarriage at which time spouse receives lump sum of 104 weeks or remainder of payments, whichever is less. Children are eligible if unmarried, under age 21, or if dependent for specified reasons.

Volunteer firefighters: Those persons working in a voluntary capacity for a volunteer fire department or ambulance company must be covered by the medical treatment and burial expense provisions of the Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Laws. Lost wages and impairment not covered.

Contact:
Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-196
Indianapolis, IN 48204
Phone: (317) 232-3809 or (317) 232-3811
Website: www.in.gov/wcb

(Reference: Indiana Code § 22 3-3-19(6) & 22 336(h))

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $7,500 for burial expenses.

Contact:
Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-196
Indianapolis, IN 48204
Phone: (317) 232-3809 or (317) 232-3811
Website: www.in.gov/wcb

(Reference: WC code 22-3-3-21)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Survivors of members of the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Fund killed in the line of duty are eligible for pension benefits.

Spouses may remarry without losing benefits. Benefit adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

Surviving spouse is entitled to a monthly benefit equal to 100% of monthly retirement benefit payable for the spouse’s lifetime. Spouse receives benefit member would have been entitled to at time of death or that of a member with 20 years’ service at age 52. If the member served more than 20 years, the benefit increases by 1% for each six months served. Each surviving child entitled to a monthly benefit equal to 20% of the member’s benefit until the child reaches age 18, age 23 if a full-time student, or longer if incapable of self-support.

If there is no surviving spouse or eligible children, wholly dependent parent or parents may be entitled to receive 50% of monthly benefit during their lifetime(s).

Contact:
Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF)
The 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund
143 West Market St., Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 48204-2899
Phone: (866) 526-1687
Fax: (317) 234-5922
E-mail: questions@inprs.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov/inprs

(Reference: POF Pension Fund Handbook on website)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education offers a supplement to other state grants by guaranteeing 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for children of career and volunteer firefighters at state educational institutions. The child must be under 23 on the date of the firefighter’s death, the biological or legally adopted child, and a full-time undergraduate or graduate student seeking an undergraduate degree.

For a child of a firefighter killed in the line of duty, the benefit is limited to 8 semesters. If the child first applied and became eligible for the benefit before June 30, 2011, there is no time limit to use the allotted 8 semesters. If the child first applied and became eligible for the benefit after June 30, 2011, the allotted 8 semesters must be used with 8 years after the date the child first applied.

Contact:
CVO Fee Remission Program
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (888) 528-4719
Website: www.in.gov/che

(Reference: Indiana Code 21-14-6-1; 21-14-6-2; 21-14-6-4)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Requirements the same as for children, except for age restriction and that the benefit is limited to 124 credit hours. Must have been married to the public safety officer at the time of death.

Contact:
CVO Fee Remission Program
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (888) 528-4719
Website: www.in.gov/che

(Reference: Indiana Code 21-14-6-1; 21-14-6-3; 21-14-6-4)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Scholarships for children, up to $6,000 per year, whose families have sustained an economic loss. The loss must have been a result of a serious injury or death caused by an accident or injury which has been found to be compensable under Indiana Workers Compensation Law. May be applied to graduate degrees.

Contact:
Kids’ Chance of Indiana
721 East Broadway
Fortville, IN 46040
Phone: (317) 485-0043 x 123
Website: www.kidschancein.org

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:
Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org


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Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.