Houston Death Income Benefits
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Under the Texas Workers’ Compensation system, Death Income Benefits (or DIBs) can help replace a portion of the lost wages for beneficiaries after the death of a loved one. These types of benefits are calculated as 75% of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage and are paid by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. You must file a Notice of Fatal Injury or Occupational Disease and Claim for Compensation for Death Benefits (DWC Form-042) within one year of the date of death.
DIBs are available for the following eligible parties:
- Surviving spouse of the deceased injured worker by formal law or common law marriage
- Dependent child or children
- Dependent grandchild or grandchildren
- Other dependent family members, including grandparents, parents, or siblings
- Non-dependent parents when there are no surviving dependent family members or eligible spouse
For the surviving spouse, DIBs are provided until remarriage, at which point a lump sum payment of 104 weeks of death benefits is provided. DIBs are supplied for dependent children under the age of 18 and discontinue when they reach the age of 18. If they become enrolled full-time at an accredited higher education institution, however, they are eligible to continue receiving DIBs until the age of 25. If there is no surviving spouse or dependent family members, then DIBs are provided for non-dependent parents for 104 weeks, or two years.
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Recalde Law Firm, PLLC serves clients with compassion and dedication. Our Houston workers’ compensation attorneys know you are going through an incredibly hard and stressful experience. With more than a decade of experience and extensive knowledge, we can answer your questions and help you understand every step of the process as you file for DIBs. You may also be entitled to burial benefits for your loved one, which will reimburse the deceased worker’s family up to $6,000.00 if proper documentation is provided.
At Recalde Law Firm, PLLC, we help clients face some of the toughest situations they will ever endure, including the loss of a loved one. If you have lost someone due to a work-related injury, you may be entitled to Death Income Benefits.