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).
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.
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