Death Benefits

When a compensable workplace injury results in the death of a covered employee, Death Benefits are available to the surviving dependents. Death Benefits are paid by the insurance company or self-insured employer and are to replace lost wages. These benefits are not paid by the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Wage Replacement Benefits

When the deceased employee leaves no dependents, $20,000 shall be paid to his or her estate. If an employee leaves a surviving spouse and no dependent child, 50% of the average weekly wages shall be paid to the surviving spouse subject to the maximum weekly benefit. If an employee leaves a surviving spouse and one or more dependent children, 66 2/3 % shall be paid to the surviving spouse for the benefit of the surviving spouse and dependent child(ren).

Burial Expenses

For death-resulting injuries, occurring on or after May 19, 2017, the burial expenses is $10,000.00. Amounts paid are not to exceed $7,500.00 for deaths occurring prior to May 19, 2017.

Having trouble receiving your benefits?

Information regarding the Benefit Review Program is available for those having trouble receiving your benefits.

Fraud

It is illegal for any party (the employee, employer, insurance adjuster, or medical provider) to knowingly and intentionally defraud another party of a property or monetary gain. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation does not investigate claims of workers’ compensation fraud. Reports of workers' compensation fraud should be made to the employer’s insurance carrier or third party administrator. Reports can also be made to the local District Attorney General.

Need More Help?

If you have additional questions, please call 615-532-4812 or (800) 332-2667 or contact us by email at wc.info@tn.gov.