Are workers’ compensation benefits available to the family of a person who dies from a work injury?

If an employee dies within 300 weeks of suffering from a work-related illness or injury, the employee’s widow or widower is entitled to receive benefits that vary depending on the number of dependent children in the family. Widows or widowers who remarry are entitled to receive a lump sum “dowry” equal to two years of compensation payments, after which all compensation ceases. Children who are full-time students at an accredited school are entitled to receive benefits until they reach the age of 23 years.

Reasonable expenses of burial, not to exceed $3,000, are also available.