Nebraska Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit is 66 2/3% of the employee’s average weekly wage for spouse with no children, 75% for spouse with children living at home, and 55% for spouse with no children living at home. Minimum and maximum amounts apply and are adjusted annually. Children are considered dependents until age 19, age 25 if enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution, or longer if physically or mentally incapable of self-support. Upon remarriage, spouse receives two-year lump sum and benefits terminate.

Volunteer firefighters: Benefit is based on employee’s wages from regular employment. If the volunteer does not have regular employment, benefit will be based on 1.5 times the maximum compensation rate for total disability.

Permanent disability benefits: After the employee has been released from medical treatment and is able to return to work, if the medical evidence indicates that the employee has suffered permanent disability due to the injury, the employee is entitled to payment for the degree of permanent disability sustained.

The employer/insurer may offer payment in a one time lump sum, or over a period of weeks. A lump sum settlement must be approved by the court in order to be binding on the parties and terminate the employee’s right to any further benefits. A settlement may provide for payment of future medical expenses incurred by the employee if all the parties agree. If permanent disability benefits are paid over a number of weeks without a lump sum settlement, a claim for benefits due to increased disability or further medical treatment may be made at any time within two years of the date of last payment of compensation.

Contact:
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court
P.O. Box 98908
Lincoln, NE 68509-8908
Phone: (402) 471-6468
Toll Free: (800) 599-5155 (in-state)
Fax: (402) 471-8231
Website: www.wcc.ne.gov

(Reference: Nebraska Revised Statutes 48-101 & 118)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $6,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court
P.O. Box 98908
Lincoln, NE 68509-8908
Phone: (402) 471-6468
Toll Free: (800) 599-5155 (in-state)
Fax: (402) 471-8231
Website: www.wcc.ne.gov


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

The state retirement system (NPERS) does not cover paid or volunteer firefighters. Cities in Nebraska and several counties have established their individual retirement system.

Contact:
Your fire department’s Benefits Officer; or if you are not sure, contact:

Nebraska Public Employee Retirement Systems
1221 N Street, Suite 325
P.O. Box 94816
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2053
Toll Free: (800) 245-2712
Fax: (402) 471-9493
Website: www.npers.ne.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

None.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Must be a member to receive benefits. Accidental Death/Dismemberment Insurance: $4,000 in accidental death and $1,500 for a LODD.

Contact:
Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association
P.O. Box 101
York, NE 68467
Phone: (402) 362-2255
Toll Free: (800) 642-6024
Website: www.nsvfa.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


 

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.