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  • State of Missouri - Death Benefits
    Updated On: Dec 14, 2020

    Compensation Benefits For Certain Emergency Personnel Killed in the Line of Duty

    Benefits are available for survivors of air ambulance pilots, air ambulance registered nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and volunteer firefighters, and, for deaths occurring on or after August 28,2018, for survivors of air ambulance registered respiratory therapists, flight crew members, and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty when:

    • Death was caused by an accident or the willful act of violence of another
    • The deceased person was in the active performance of his or her duties in his or her respective profession and there is a relationship between the accident or commission of the act of violence and the performance of the duty, even if the individual was off duty; the deceased person was traveling to or from employment; or the deceased person was taking any meal break or other break which took place while that individual was on duty
    • Death was the natural and probable consequence of the injury
    • Death occurred within three hundred weeks from the date the injury was received
    • "Death in the line of duty" does not include death resulting from willful misconduct or intoxication of the deceased person

    See the Line of Duty Compensation Act Section 287.243 RSMo.

    A $25,000 death benefit shall be awarded to the survivors of the individual killed in the line of duty. The death benefit is in addition to any other pension rights, death benefits, or other compensation to which the claimant may otherwise be entitled by law. To claim benefits, the estate of the deceased must file the below form, dependent on date of the workers' death, with the Division within one year from the date of death. For more information click here.


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