Mississippi Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) administers the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Death Benefits Trust Fund. A benefit of $65,000 for survivors when a firefighter, while engaged in the performance of official duties, is accidentally or intentionally killed or receives injuries that result in loss of life. Payment made to the beneficiary who was designated in writing by the covered individual. If no such designation was made, the payment shall be made to the surviving children and spouse in equal portions. If no spouse or children, then payment to the parent or parents. Includes volunteer firefighters.

This payment is in addition to any workers’ compensation or pension benefits and is exempt from any claims of creditors of the covered individual.

Contact:
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
1900 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601) 987-1212
Website: www.dps.state.ms.us

(Reference: MS Code 45 2-1)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

An immediate lump sum of $250 to spouse in addition to other compensation payments. Spouse with no children receives 35% of the average wages of the deceased for the duration of her widowhood. If surviving children, spouse receives an additional 10% for each child. In case of spouse’s remarriage or death, each surviving child shall receive 15% of wages. If surviving children but no spouse, each child receives 25% of the wages. Benefits cannot exceed 66 2/3 of the average weekly wage of the deceased, subject to maximum limitations. Total weekly compensation to beneficiaries for up to 450 weeks.

Contact:
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
PO Box 5300
1428 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216-5300
Phone: (601) 987-4200
Website: www.mwcc.state.ms.us

(Reference: MS Code Annotated 71-3-25)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Employer or its insurance carrier is obligated to pay funeral expenses of up to $2,000.

Contact:
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
PO Box 5300
1428 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216-5300
Phone: (601) 987-4200
Website: www.mwcc.state.ms.us


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Death Benefits when Killed in the Line of Duty – Coverage for Death Benefits when Killed in the Line of Duty begins on the first day of your employment. If you are killed in the line-of-duty, your spouse and/or dependent child(ren) will be eligible for monthly benefits regardless of your vesting status. If you are vested, your spouse may be eligible to receive benefits under either regular or killed on-the-job death provisions. The one year marriage requirement does not apply to spouses applying for benefits resulting from death in the line of duty.

Claims for killed-in-the-line-of-duty benefits are calculated at 50% of average compensation, payable to your spouse until death, with 25% of average compensation payable to one (1) dependent child and 50% of average compensation payable to two (2) or more dependent children. PERS law extends the eligibility for dependent child benefits to age 23 if the child has never been married and remains a full-time student. Upon application and approval by PERS, benefits to a physically or mentally disabled child may continue as long as the disability exists. Death Benefts are payable after receipt of an application andd are effective the first ay of the month following the death. In the event of late filing, payments will be made retroactively for up to one (1) year.

Mississippi PERS Handbook is posted on the website.

Contact:
Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System
429 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201-1005
Phone: (601) 359-3589
Toll Free: (800) 444-7377
Website: www.pers.state.ms.us


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen’s Scholarship Program: Tuition waived, some fees, and average cost of on-campus housing for full-time undergraduate students for eight semesters at any state-supported colleges and universities. Eligibility ends at age 23 except for special circumstances.

Contact:
Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 432-6198
Toll Free: (800) 327-2980
Fax: (601) 432-6972
Website: www.ihl.state.ms.us

(Reference: Mississippi Law Enforcement and Firemen’s Scholarships)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children except for age restriction. Benefits end with remarriage.

Contact:
Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 432-6198
Toll Free: (800) 327-2980
Fax: (601) 432-6972
Website: www.ihl.state.ms.us

(Reference: Mississippi Law Enforcement and Firemen’s Scholarships)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Call for benefit information.

Contact:
Kids’ Chance of Mississippi
Administrative Law and Workers’ Compensation Section
Mississippi Bar Foundation
PO Box 2168
Jackson, MS 39225-2168
Phone: (601) 948-4471
Fax: (601) 355-8635
Website: www.msbar.org

Call for availability of benefits and scholarship information.

Contact:
Mississippi Firefighters Association
PO Box 1507
Brandon, MS 39043-15078
Phone: (601) 624-5846
Website: www.mffa.com
E-mail: [email protected]

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.