U.S. Virgin Islands

Survivor BenefitsUpdated July 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

If an injury causes death, at the time of injury or within four years as a consequence thereof, compensation is awarded to the surviving spouse, parents, or any heirs, including illegitimate children, who were dependent upon the deceased for support, partially or totally at the time of death. They are entitled to compensation payable in an amount not less than $25,000 nor more than $50,000.00. Survivors of a worker who dies as a result of a work-related incident should contact the Workers Compensation Administration for further information.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Administration
St. Croix 314 King Street
Frederiksted, VI 00840
Phone: (809) 692-9390
Fax: (809) 773-4338


FUNERAL BENEFIT

$800 from Workmen’s Compensation towards funeral expenses, upon receipt of a bill from the funeral home.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Administration
St. Croix 314 King Street
Frederiksted, VI 00840
Phone: (809) 692-9390
Fax: (809) 773-4338


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Upon death of a member before retirement as the proximate result of bodily injury, the surviving spouse will be entitled to 40% of income at the date of death. If there is a spouse with children, the rate is 60%. If there is no spouse, benefit is 10% for each child, with a maximum of 50% divided among all children.

Contact:
USVI Government Employees Retirement System
3438 Kronprindsens Gade
GERS Complex- 3rd Floor
St Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: (340) 776-7703
Fax: (340) 776-4499
Website: www.usvigers.com

(Reference: USVI Section 709 – Duty Related Death)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

None.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

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.