Posted on Apr 19, 2011

April 14, 2011 - Jefferson City, MO - On March 17th the first benefit checks went out to 2 families of deceased Missouri emergency response professionals. These benefits, totaling $25,000 each, were made possible by the Line of Duty Compensation Fund established in 2009.

The Missouri Labor Department announced the approval and payment of the claims, which were filed in 2010. The survivors of brave men and women killed in the line of duty are compensated through this fund. These 2 initial claims are the first of 5 claims filed so far to be approved.

The benefits of the fund are available to the families of firefighters, law enforcement, air ambulance pilots and nurses, and emergency medical technicians who are killed in the line of duty. The victims must have been on active duty during the accident, performing the duties of their profession, and the injury must have occurred as a result of the performance of their duties.

The death benefit of $25,000 is approved by the Missouri Labor Department's Worker's Compensation Division Director. Upon approval the benefit is paid to the estate of the deceased, along with any other pension rights, death benefits, and other compensation.

If you have lost a loved one who provided emergency service to the citizens of Missouri, your family may be entitled to these benefits. For help with work-related fatalities potentially eligible for death benefits, pensions, and other compensation types, contact a St. Louis workers' compensation attorney.

Contacting a St. Louis Workers' Compensation Attorney

Job-related accidents can cause serious injury or death and leave you and your family physically, financially and emotionally compromised.  Before you make a decision on how to handle your case, order a copy of our FREE eBook, How to Handle Your Missouri Workers' Compensation Case Yourself. Our guide explains the Missouri workers' compensation system and helps you decide when it's time to hire an attorney.

When you're ready, contact us to set up a consultation with an experienced St. Louis workers' compensation attorney at Bollwerk & Tatlow, LLC - 314-315-8111.