Louisiana Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Covers firefighters who died as a result of an injury arising out of and in the course of performance of official duties or arising out of any activity on or off duty in the capacity of a firefighter. In any case in which a firefighter suffers death as a result of any injury arising out of and in the course of the performance of his official duties as such firefighter, or arising out of any activity, while on or off duty, in his capacity as a firefighter, in the protection of life or property, the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the surviving spouse of each officer or, if not survived by a spouse, the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the surviving child or children or, if not survived by a spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the named beneficiary listed on the firefighter’s beneficiary designation form or, if there is no designation form at the time of the firefighter’s death, and no surviving spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the officer’s estate. Each firefighter shall complete a beneficiary designation form. In addition, if the firefighter is survived by (a) dependent child(ren), the sum of $25,000 shall be paid for each of the dependent children, such sums to be paid by the duly appointed and qualified tutor or the legal representative of the child or children. Unmarried children are eligible until age 18, age 23 if full-time student, or longer if disabled and incapable of self-support.

Contact:
Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen’s Survivor Benefit Review Board
1885 N 3rd Street (Physical Address)
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

OR

P.O. Box 94005 (Mailing Address)
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 326-6705
Fax: (225) 326-6793
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: ag.state.la.us

(Reference: Reserved Statutes 33: 2201 & 33: 1981)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Career firefighters: Benefit is 32 % of employee’s weekly wage to surviving spouse only and 65% to spouse and children. Spouse receives two-year lump sum upon remarriage and remaining benefits cease. Children eligible until age 18 or after if disabled or under age 23 if full-time student. Dependents must file a claim to be eligible.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Administration
Louisiana Dept. of Labor
P.O. Box 94040
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9040
Phone: (225) 342-7555
Fax: (225) 342-5665
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.laworks.net/WorkersComp/OWC_MainMenu.asp


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Career firefighters: Maximum burial allowance of $3,000.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Administration
Louisiana Dept. of Labor
P.O. Box 94040
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9040
Phone: (225) 342-7555
Fax: (225) 342-5665
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.laworks.net/WorkersComp/OWC_MainMenu.asp


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

A statewide system to provide benefits for full-time firefighters employed by a fire department or an municipality, parish or fire protection district (except New Orleans).

If an active member dies in the line-of-duty, the surviving eligible spouse will receive an annual benefit equal to 2/3 of the deceased member’s final compensation, payable monthly. There are benefits available for minor children as well.

(Reference: Louisiana Revised Statutes: 11: 2251-2270; also R,S, 11: 131 et seq)

Contact:
Firefighters Retirement System of Louisiana
P.O. Box 94095, Capital Station
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 925-4060
Fax: (225) 925-4062
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.lafirefighterret.com

» Retirement/Pension for: New Orleans


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition, fees, room and board, and other charges waived at state-supported colleges and universities. Additional cash grant of $250.00 for books. Available for full-time undergraduate study for a maximum of eight semesters.

Contact:
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N 3rd Street, Suite 6-200 (Physical Address)
Baton Rouge LA 70802

OR

P.O. Box 3677 (Mailing Address)
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677
Phone: (225) 342-4253
Fax: (225) 342-9318 or 6296
Website: www.regents.state.la.us

(Reference: Louisiana Reserved Statutes RS 17: 1681 & 1681.1)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Offered same as dependent child; may not exceed 10 semesters.

Contact:
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N 3rd Street, Suite 6-200 (Physical Address)
Baton Rouge LA 70802

OR

P.O. Box 3677 (Mailing Address)
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677
Phone: (225) 342-4253
Fax: (225) 342-9318 or 6296
Website: www.regents.state.la.us

(Reference: Louisiana Reserved Statutes RS 17: 1682.2)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

The Louisiana Bar Foundation Kids’ Chance provides scholarships to children of Louisiana workers who have been killed in an accident compensable under the state Workers’ Compensation Act.

Contact:
Kids’ Chance
Louisiana Bar Foundation
909 Pogdras Street, Suite 1550
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 561-1046
Fax: (504) 566-1926
Website: Kids Chance Program

LSFA has a death benefit fund to help spouse/beneficiary of deceased members. Amount up to $15,000 will be paid directly to beneficiary upon receipt of death certificate. A fatality must have occurred in the line of duty, en route to or from an emergency, fire department function or during training.

Contact:
Louisiana State Firemen’s Association
P. O. Box 1671
Gretna, LA 70054
Phone: (504) 391-2789
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: lsfa.net

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


COUNTY & LOCAL JURISDICTION BENEFITS


 

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.