North Carolina Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

$50,000 benefit in four increments; $20,000 at death and $10,000 each year for three years. Benefits paid to surviving spouse. If no surviving spouse, benefit is divided among surviving dependent children. If no qualifying family members, benefit is paid in lump sum to the estate. If spouse remarries, benefits are transferred to the next eligible survivor.

To be eligible for this benefit, the firefighter’s death must have been:

  • The result of bodily injuries, extreme exercise, or extreme activity experienced in the course and scope of official duties, or as the direct and proximate result of a myocardial infarction while on duty or within 24 hours after participating in a training exercise or responding to an emergency situation. If so, the firefighter is presumed to have been killed in the line of duty.

Contact:
North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
4340 Mail Service Center (Mailing Address)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4340
Phone: (919) 807-2501
Toll Free: (800) 688-8349
Fax: (919) 715-0280
Website: www.ic.nc.gov
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
430 N. Salisbury Street (Physical Address)
6th Floor, Dobbs Building
Raleigh, NC 27603

(Reference: Chapter 143 Art 12A Death Benefit Act)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit is 66 2/3% of deceased employee’s average weekly wages for 400 weeks. Maximum amount applies and is adjusted annually. Benefit divided among those wholly dependent for support upon the earnings of the deceased. Spouse who was disabled at the time of firefighter’s death receives lifetime benefit, unless remarriage occurs. Children are considered dependent until age 18.

Volunteer Firefighters: Benefit is based on the average weekly wage earned in the employment where the firefighter principally earned his/her livelihood as of the date of injury. Minimum compensation is 66 2/3% of maximum weekly benefit.

Contact:
North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
4340 Mail Service Center (Mailing Address)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4340
Phone: (919) 807-2501
Toll Free: (800) 688-8349
Fax: (919) 715-0280
Website: www.ic.nc.gov
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
430 N. Salisbury Street (Physical Address)
6th Floor, Dobbs Building
Raleigh, NC 27603

(Reference: Workers’ Comp Law; Chapter 97)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $3,500 for burial expenses.

Contact:
North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
4340 Mail Service Center (Mailing Address)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4340
Phone: (919) 807-2501
Toll Free: (800) 688-8349
Fax: (919) 715-0280
Website: www.ic.nc.gov
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation
430 N. Salisbury Street (Physical Address)
6th Floor, Dobbs Building
Raleigh, NC 27603


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Spouse receives a lump-sum benefit for the amount the firefighter paid into the Pension Fund. If there is no spouse, benefits are paid to children or their guardian. Beneficiary pays no income tax on death benefits; they are treated as life insurance benefits.

Contact:
North Carolina Firemen’s and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund
Department of State Treasurer
325 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1385
Phone: (919) 508-5360 (Raleigh Area)
Toll Free: (877) 508-9110
Website: www.nctreasurer.com
Email: [email protected]

Member Handbooks published on website

(Reference: Fire and Rescue Squad Pension Fund Handbook, page 3 (2010))

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition waiver, not including any other fees and charges or costs of textbooks, to state-supported institutions of higher education, community colleges, industrial centers, and technical institutes; if firefighter’s death was the direct result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty. Children between ages 17 and 22 are eligible for the benefit. Benefit cannot exceed 48 months if the child is seeking a baccalaureate degree or, if the child is not seeking a baccalaureate degree, the number of months required to complete the educational program.

Contact:
North Carolina Community College System
200 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 807-7100
Website: www.ncccs.cc.nc.us

Or contact any state college or university.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age restriction. Spouse becomes ineligible upon remarriage.

Contact:
North Carolina Community College System
200 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 807-7100
Website: www.ncccs.cc.nc.us

Or contact any state college or university.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Provides college scholarship assistance to children (ages 16-25) of North Carolina workers who are killed on the job.

Contact:
Kids Chance of North Carolina
P.O. Box 470426
Charlotte, NC 28247-0246
Phone: (704) 264-9111
Toll Free: (800) 246-8599
Website: www.kidschancenc.org
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Members’ beneficiaries eligible to receive generous benefits which are outlined on the website. These include a lump sum death benefit, presumptive findings for heart and stroke, and allotments for surviving children, including educational expenses. May include seat belt payment.

Contact:
North Carolina State Firemen’s Association
323 West Jones Street
Suite 401
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 821-2132
Toll-Free: (800) 253-4733
Fax: (919) 821-9382
Website: www.ncsfa.com
Email: [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.