A Death Claim benefit is filed by the dependent(s) of an injured worker who died because of an industrial injury or occupational disease.
A dependent's right to make a death claim (survivor benefit) does not begin until after the death of the injured worker. Dependent death benefits will be based on the level of dependency or support each dependent had while the worker was living.
Death benefits can be divided into the following two categories, when the:
- Death results instantaneously because of a work-related injury.
- Worker’s death was not an instantaneous, but was because of their work-related injury or occupational disease.
Even if the deceased injured worker settled a workers' compensation claim prior to their death, the dependent still has a right to file a Death Claim (Survivor Benefit).
Requesting survivor benefit
Important: Claims alleging that death is the result of an injury must be filed within one year of the injured worker’s date of death. Claims alleging that death is the result of the occupational disease must be filed within two years of the injured worker’s date of death.
To request this benefit, dependent(s) of an injured worker can apply in any of the following ways:
Note: These forms can also be requested from a local BWC Customer Service Office or the assigned Claims Service Specialist (CSS).
Survivor award amount
To find out the award amount, contact the assigned Claims Service Specialist (CSS).