Death Benefit - SW32


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If a person dies as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease, Death Benefit may be payable to his/her dependants.

In order to qualify, the deceased person must have been in employment which is insurable at PRSI Class A, B, D, J or M.

It may also be payable to the dependant(s) of a person who at the time of his/her death was getting Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more regardless of the cause of death.

Death Benefit includes:

  • Widow's or Widower's Pension
  • Orphan's Pension
  • Dependent Parents Pension
  • Funeral Grant
1.1 Widow's or Widower's Pension

If your spouse dies as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease, or s/he was getting a Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of his/her death you may be entitled to a Widow's or Widower's Pension. The pension is paid as long as you remain widowed (that is, you do not remarry or live with someone as husband and wife). It is not affected by any income you may have.

An increase is payable for child dependants. A child dependant must be under age 18, normally living with you, or a child aged between 18 and 22 in full-timed education. Payment will continue until the end of the academic year in which s/he reaches age 22.

1.2 Orphan's Pension

An Orphan's Pension may be paid for child(ren) where the parent, step-parent or person who supported the child(ren) dies as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease or if s/he was getting a Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of his/her death.

A child is considered an orphan if:

  • both parents are dead
    or
  • one parent is dead, unknown, has abandoned or refused or failed to provide for the child and the other parent is unknown, has abandoned or has refused or failed to provide for the child.

The pension should be claimed by the orphan's guardian.

1.3 Dependent Parent(s) Pension

If a person dies as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease or was getting Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of his/her death and leaves a dependent parent(s), a pension may be paid to each parent. To qualify, the parent must have been wholly or mainly maintained by the deceased.

The amount of pension depends on whether the deceased was single or married.

1.4 Funeral Grant

Where a person dies as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease or was getting Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of his/her death, a €635 grant is paid towards the cost of the funeral expenses.

This grant is paid by cheque.

Last modified:20/11/2010
 

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