North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) pays death benefits to the survivors of workers killed in work-related accidents. Benefits are paid to the eligible spouse or the dependents of the deceased worker at a rate of two-thirds of a deceased worker's weekly wage, up to 125% of the state's average weekly wage. They may also be paid up to $15 each week for each dependent child.
Additionally, the surviving spouse receives a one-time first death award of $2,500, plus $800 for each dependent child. Total death benefits may not exceed $300,000 over the lifetime of a claim. WSI pays all medical bills directly related to the compensable injury and death of a worker, including up to $10,000 for funeral expenses. There are also scholarships available for some dependents.
If the deceased worker is not survived by a spouse or dependents, WSI will pay a lump sum of $15,000 in equal parts to any surviving non-dependent children. If the worker is not survived by non-dependent children, the $15,000 will be paid in equal shares to the worker's surviving parents. If there are no surviving parents, this sum will be paid in equal shares to surviving brothers and sisters. If there are no living brothers or sisters, the $15,000 will be paid in equal shares to surviving grandparents.
Survivors of a worker killed on the job must file claims within two years of the worker's date of death. Please contact Customer Service at 701-328-3800 or 800-777-5033 to request the appropriate forms for filing a claim for death benefits.