Oklahoma Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Spouse receives lump sum of $100,000. Additional $25,000 for each dependent child, but benefits can amount to no more than $150,000. Applies equally to volunteer firefighters.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Court
1915 North Stiles Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 522-8600
Toll Free: (800) 522-8210
Website: www.owcc.state.ok.us

(Reference: Title 85)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Weekly benefit is 70% of the deceased’s average weekly wage for spouse and additional 15% for each child, up to a maximum of 30%. Upon remarriage, spouse receives two-year lump sum and benefits terminate. Unmarried children are considered dependents until age 18, age 23 if a full-time student, or longer if incapable of self-support. 2010 Average Weekly Wage is $717.00. Upon re-marriage, a two-year indemnity benefit is issued.

Volunteer Firefighters: Considered employees for the purpose of workers’ compensation. Compensation is based on the average weekly wage of the firefighter’s regular employment. The maximum weekly benefit is the state’s average weekly wage.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Court
1915 North Stiles Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 522-8600
Toll Free: (800) 522-8210
Website: www.owcc.state.ok.us


FUNERAL BENEFIT

If there are no dependents, maximum of $10,000 for burial expenses to the estate.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Court
1915 North Stiles Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 522-8600
Toll Free: (800) 522-8210
Website: www.owcc.state.ok.us


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Must be a member of the Firefighters Pension and Retirement System to receive benefits. $5,000 death benefit. Beneficiary receives an amount not to exceed 100% of the pension they would have received if firefighter had reached retirement date. If firefighter dies from heart disease, injury to the respiratory system or cancer, death may be presumed line of duty. Payable to spouse or, if spouse dies, to children under age 18 or until age 22 if full-time student.

Contact:
Firefighters Pension and Retirement System
4545 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 265
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 522-4600
Toll Free: (800) 525-7461
Fax: (405) 522-4643
Website: www.ok.gov/fprs

(Reference: Title 11 OK Statutes Sect 49-101 (6) and 49-117.1)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition waiver for both resident and non-resident tuition, limited to a period of 5 years.

Contact:
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 255-9100
Wesbite: www.okhighered.org
Email: [email protected]

Or Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, as listed above.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Benefits only available to active, dues-paying members of the Association. Accidental line of duty death benefit will be the greater of $1,000 or two dollars times the number of members enrolled in the Fund at the time of death awarded to the surviving spouse. If no surviving spouse, paid in equal shares to all unmarried children under age 18.

Contact:
Oklahoma State Firefighters Association
2716 N.E. 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 731117202
Phone: (405) 424-1452
Toll Free: (800) 308-5336
Fax: (405) 424-1032
Website: www.osfa.info
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


 

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.