North Dakota Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated July 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

The Firefighters’ State Benefit Fund provides a $10,000 death benefit for both paid and volunteer members.

Contact:
North Dakota Insurance Department
State Capital Fifth Floor
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-6420
Phone: (701) 328-2440
Toll Free: (800) 247-0560
Fax: (701) 328-4880
Website: www.nd.gov/ndins
Email: insurance@nd.gov


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit is 66 2/3% of employee’s average weekly wages for spouse or spouse with children, plus an additional $10 per week for each dependent child, up to 110% of the state average weekly wage. Minimum and maximum amounts apply. Spouse receives additional lump sum of $1,200 and $400 for each dependent child. Maximum payable total is $300,000 over the life of the claim. Children are considered dependent until age 18, age 23 if a full-time student, or longer if disabled or incapable of self-support. All medical bills acquired by the firefighter’s death are paid. WSI pays all medical bills directly related to the compensable injury and death of a worker.

Volunteer Firefighters: Entitled to the same protection and rights as full-time, paid employees of municipalities. Benefits to spouse are based on wages received during regular employment.

Contact:
Workforce Safety & Insurance (Workers’ Compensation)
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 1
Bismarck, ND 58503-0644
Phone: (701) 328-3800
Toll Free: (800) 777-5033
Website: www.workforcesafety.com
Email: wsidro@nd.gov or wsiemployerservices@nd.gov

(Reference: workforcesafety.com)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $10,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:
Workforce Safety & Insurance (Workers’ Compensation)
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 1
Bismarck, ND 58503-0644
Phone: (701) 328-3800
Toll Free: (800) 777-5033
Website: www.workforcesafety.com
Email: wsidro@nd.gov or wsiemployerservices@nd.gov


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Career: Many municipalities have their own retirement or pension systems and some departments carry their own pension plans or have established relief funds.

Contact: Check with benefits coordinator at individual departments.

Some firefighters may be covered under the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.

Contact:
NFPERS
400 E Broadway Ave., Suite 505
P.O. Box 1657
Bismarck, ND 58502-1657
Phone: (701) 328-3900
Toll Free: (800) 803-7377 (outside the Bismarck/Mandan calling area)
Fax: (701) 328-3920
Website: www.nd.gov/ndpers
Email: ndpers-info@nd.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition and fees waived for in-state undergraduate colleges and universities if child was under age 21 at the time of death. Assistance available for up to four years, eight semesters, or equivalent. Benefit covers up to $4,000 per year for 4 or 5 years depending on the chosen program of study.

Contact:
North Dakota University System
10th Floor, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 215
Bismarck, ND 58505-0230
Phone: (701) 328-2960
Fax: (701) 328-2961
Website: www.ndus.edu/board
Email: ndus.office@ndus.edu


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age restriction.

Contact:
North Dakota University System
10th Floor, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 215
Bismarck, ND 58505-0230
Phone: (701) 328-2960
Fax: (701) 328-2961
Website: www.ndus.edu/board
Email: ndus.office@ndus.edu


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

None.


 

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.